Report: Pirates considering moving Andrew McCutchen to right field

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ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that the Pirates are considering moving Andrew McCutchen — the club’s long time center fielder — to right field. They would then move Starling Marte to center and Gregory Polanco to left.

McCutchen’s defense in center has deteriorated in recent years. Meanwhile, Marte earned his second career Rawlings Gold Glove Award on Tuesday. It also makes sense that the Pirates would move Polanco to left field to utilize his speed in the most spacious area of the ballpark. That, however, means that McCutchen’s relatively weak arm would be in right field, a spot where teams typically put their best outfield arm.

In other McCutchen-related news, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Pirates and Nationals discussed a trade involving the five-time All-Star prior to the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline. Rosenthal suggests the Pirates are still willing to trade McCutchen for the right offer.

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.