Sonny Gray lands back on the disabled list

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Athletics starter Sonny Gray was placed on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right forearm on Sunday,’s Mark Chiarelli reports. The club transferred catcher Josh Phegley to the 60-day disabled list, called up pitcher Chris Smith from Triple-A Nashville, and tabbed Zach Neal to start in Gray’s place on Tuesday.

Gray, 26, was on the disabled list earlier this season — between May 21 and June 4 — with a strained right trapezius. It’s been a tough year for the right-hander, who owns an ugly 5.74 ERA with a 93/42 K/BB ratio in 116 innings.

It was widely believed that Gray was going to be a very attractive trade piece for the Athletics this summer, but his injuries and ineffectiveness killed that idea. Gray will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season. Despite the rough year, Gray is likely to see a significant increase in salary.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year, $58.5M deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year, $58.5 million contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, gets $19.5 million in each of the next three seasons.

He 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 was scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.

He would get a $200,000 for winning an MVP award, $175,000 for finishing second in the voting, $150,000 for third, $125,000 for fourth and $100,000 for fifth. Abreu also would get $100,000 for earning World Series MVP and $75,000 for League Championship Series MVP, $75,000 for making the All-Star team and $75,000 for winning a Gold Glove or a Silver Slugger.

Abreu gets a hotel suite on road trips and the right to buy a luxury suite for all Astros home games.