Yankees announce Sunday news conference with Alex Rodriguez

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NEW YORK — The New York Yankees have announced they will hold a news conference with Alex Rodriguez before Sunday’s game against Cleveland.

In their announcement Saturday night, they Yankees did not detail the purpose of the gathering. The team said general manager Brian Cashman and manager Joe Girardi will be made available following Rodriguez’s news conference.

The 41-year-old designated hitter has just one start and seven at-bats since July 22 as the Yankees turn toward a youth movement. He is stuck at 696 career home runs.

Rodriguez has a $20 million salary this year and is owed $20 million in 2017, the final season of his $275 million, 10-year contract.

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.