Royals move struggling Chris Young to the bullpen

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Royals manager Ned Yost told the media, including Jason Lamb of Kansas City’s FOX 4 News, on Thursday that Chris Young won’t make his scheduled start on Sunday against the Mariners. Instead, Young is being moved to the bullpen.

Young, 37, has had a miserable season as he currently stands with a 6.90 ERA and a 64/29 K/BB ratio in 60 innings. He has yielded 26 home runs, leading the majors in that ignominious category. While Young’s strikeout rate is way up compared to his last two seasons, his walk rate has also ballooned.

Dillon Gee and Brian Flynn are candidates to start in Young’s place.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, spent his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after batting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros, he replaces Yuli Gurriel at first base in a batting order that also features All-Star sluggers Yordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month for its second World Series championship.

The 35-year-old Abreu becomes the biggest free agent to switch teams so far this offseason. Born in Cuba, the three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year is a .292 career hitter in the majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.