Twins’ Kurt Suzuki cleared waivers

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Twins catcher Kurt Suzuki has cleared waivers. That means that the Twins can pursue a trade involving Suzuki with any team.

Suzuki, 32, is hitting .283/.323/.435 with six home runs and 37 RBI in 289 plate appearances this season. He’s owed the remainder of his $6 million salary for this season. He’ll be a free agent after the season, as his 2017 option won’t fest for $6 million as it requires 485 plate appearances during the 2016 season.

The Indians would likely have interest in Suzuki if the Twins are willing to do business with a division rival. The Indians’ aggregate .515 OPS out of their catchers is the worst mark in the league. Yan Gomes has been out since July 18 with a separated right shoulder and isn’t expected to return until September at the earliest. Neither Chris Gimenez nor Roberto Perez have hit well in Gomes’ absence.

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.