Braves send Jeff Francoeur to Marlins in a three-way trade also involving the Rangers

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Update #2 (10:07 PM EDT): The Braves officially announced the trade. They are also acquiring Foley along with Moore. The Braves sent cash considerations to the Marlins along with International Bonus Pool Slot No. 93 to the Rangers. The Marlins sent International Bonus Pool Slots No. 37 and 97 to the Rangers.


Update (9:40 PM EDT):’s Joe Frisaro hears Marlins minor league catcher Matt Foley is also involved in the deal, though it’s not yet known to which team he’ll go. It’s also unknown if Foley does or does not live in a van down by the river.


Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Braves are sending outfielder Jeff Francoeur to the Marlins in a three-way trade also involving the Rangers. The Braves will receive minor league shortstop Dylan Moore, and the Rangers will receive international bonus money.

Francoeur, 32, has posted a subpar .249/.290/.381 triple-slash line with seven home runs and 33 RBI in 276 plate appearances. He was sharing left field for most of the season but was relegated to the bench after the Braves acquired Matt Kemp from the Padres.

Moore, 24, was selected by the Rangers in the seventh round of the 2015 draft. He has moved from Single-A Hickry to High-A High Desert. In aggregate, he’s hit .263/.377/.440 with 14 home runs, 59 RBI, 73 runs scored, and 40 stolen bases in 494 plate appearances.

The Marlins are adding to their outfield depth as Giancarlo Stanton is expected to miss the rest of the season with a strained groin. Ichiro Suzuki moved into full-time work in right field with Xavier Scruggs and Oswaldo Arcia handling backup duty.

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.