Yankees, Red Sox to meet in London in June 2019

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The Associated Press reports that Major League Baseball intends to announce next week that the New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox will play two games at London’s Olympic Stadium in June next year. The games will take place on June 29-30. These will be the first regular-season MLB games in Europe. The Red Sox will be the home team for both games.

There will be a news conference next week with London Mayor Sadiq Khan and baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred, presumably announcing the series. They did not say that explicitly, but that’s a pretty good guess. I mean, they’re not going to talk about the the Watford, Hackney, Newham, Lewisham and Tower Hamlets mayoral elections. Wait, what?

The existence of this series was first reported in March, though no one confirmed it at the time. It’s certainly in keeping with MLB’s plans to expand international play. There have been games in Japan, Australia, and Mexico. The NFL will have three games played in London this year. It makes sense that baseball would try to go there as well.

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.