Report: Tony La Russa out as Diamondbacks’ chief baseball officer

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The Diamondbacks continue to clean house. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that Tony La Russa is no longer the club’s chief baseball officer. The new general manger, as yet unknown, will head up the baseball operations department.

Heyman adds that La Russa and owner Ken Kendrick spoke for three hours on Monday morning. La Russa is still deciding whether or not he wants to remain with the organization.

Earlier on Monday, the Diamondbacks canned GM Dave Stewart and manager Chip Hale, the culmination of another disappointing season in Arizona. The D-Backs finished 69-93, just a game ahead of the Padres to stay out of last place in the NL West. The Diamondbacks will pick seventh in the first round of the 2017 draft.

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.