Astros to make decision about playing at Minute Maid Park on Monday

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Hurricane Harvey has devastated eastern Texas, including the city of Houston. As a result, the Astros’ six-game homestand against the Rangers and Mets — which starts on Tuesday — could be in jeopardy.

Per Mark Berman of Fox 26, the Astros are flying to Dallas. The club will make a decision about the homestand on Monday. Reid Ryan, Astros president of baseball operations, said, “At this point, our focus is on the safety of our fans, our players and their families. As we continue to monitor the conditions, we have been in communication with Major League Baseball and the Texas Rangers and will provide an update on Monday. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone dealing with the effects of this terrible storm. We want everyone to be safe.”

One game could be rescheduled, but rescheduling two or more games would create a logical issue. One possibility is for the three-game series with the Rangers to be held at Globe Life Park with the Astros as the “home” team.

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.