The Padres dramatically announce some profoundly boring “new” uniforms

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The Padres got CRAZY last year. I mean nuts. Of course I’m referring to their adoption of a hint of yellow to their standard blue and white uniforms which, before then, led the league in genericness for several years running.

Seems that was a bit too much for some people, however, because they just got rid of the yellow and have reverted to their old generic selves. The best part: a video with comically dramatic music to announce a uniform change that I bet 95% of the public would have no idea was actually a change unless they were told it was:

Kudos for keeping the weekend throwbacks, I suppose, but as I and many others have argued time and again, the Padres refusal to embrace their franchise’s uniform history is one of the more perplexing things around. They need to bring back the brown.

And no, not in the same way they did back in the 70s. They could totally embrace the brown in a modern way that would (a) look great; and (b) be truly unique in baseball’s bland world of mostly red, white and blue. We’ve highlighted John Brubaker’s work along these lines before, but in case you’ve never seen it:

The bottom right mockups are so, so good looking. And the only people who think this would be a bad idea, apparently, happen to run the San Diego Padres. Why that is, I have no idea.

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.