Report: Prince Fielder’s career is over

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Update #2 (3:04 PM EDT): Rosenthal clarifies that Fielder is not retiring. Rather, he’s being declared medically disabled and doctors won’t clear him to play.


Update (2:26 PM EDT): Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News also hears from a source that Fielder’s career is indeed over.


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports hears from sources that Rangers DH Prince Fielder‘s career “appears to be over.” The Rangers are expected to hold a press conference on Wednesday. Rosenthal didn’t specifically use the word “retirement” but that’s what it sounds like.

Fielder, 32, recently underwent season-ending neck surgery, known as spinal fusion surgery. It’s his second such procedure, aimed to alleviate a herniated disk in his neck.

If this is it for Fielder, he had a heck of a career. Over parts of 12 seasons with the Brewers, Tigers, and Rangers, he hit .283/.382/.506 with 319 home runs, and 1,028 RBI in 6,853 plate appearances. He was named to the All-Star team six times, won three Silver Sluggers, and had two top-three NL MVP Award finishes. Fielder also won the 2009 and 2012 Home Run Derby. He was a heck of a lot of fun to watch.

Fielder is owed the remainder of his $24 million salary for this season and will earn $24 million annually through 2020. The Tigers are covering $6 million per year.

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.