Darren O’Day won’t pitch again in 2018

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Orioles right-hander reliever Darren O'Day is scheduled to undergo season-ending surgery on his left hamstring, the team announced Saturday. O’Day was transferred to the 60-day disabled list and is projected to be sidelined for the next six months. It’s technically possible that he could make a speedy recovery and rejoin the club sometime after the All-Star break, but far more likely that he’ll wait to jump back into the bullpen until spring training rolls around again in 2019.

The 35-year-old righty was pulled in the eighth inning of Tuesday’s contest against the Mariners. He expended just six pitches, the last of which bounced back toward the third base line on a Jean Segura bunt attempt. O’Day appeared to stumble as he ran to field the ball and was subsequently forced to exit with a Grade 2 left hamstring strain. While hamstring issues are nothing new for the reliever — he had a left hamstring issue in Single-A and missed 52 days with a right hamstring strain back in 2016 — he’s never experienced anything quite this severe before.

O’Day will finish his 2018 run with two saves in 10 games finished and a solid 3.60 ERA, 1.8 BB/9 and 12.2 SO/9 through 20 innings. In corresponding moves, the Orioles also designated infielder Corban Joseph for assignment, optioned right-handers Jimmy Yacabonis and Yefry Ramirez to Triple-A Norfolk, and recalled right-handed reliever Ryan Meisinger and lefty reliever Paul Fry.

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.