Cubs place Brian Duensing on 10-day disabled list

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The Cubs placed left-handed reliever Brian Duensing on the 10-day disabled list with left shoulder fatigue, the team announced Sunday. There’s no word yet on how long they expect to be without the reliever. In a corresponding move, right-handed reliever Dillon Maples was recalled from Triple-A Iowa.

It’s been a disappointing year for Duensing so far. In his first 35 appearances, the 35-year-old reliever paired a 6.92 ERA with an equally abysmal 6.9 BB/9 and 5.9 SO/9 through 26 innings. Whether the fatigue he’s experiencing is the symptom of a more serious issue has not been determined, but the Cubs are undoubtedly looking for the lefty to duplicate some of the career-high totals he posted in 2017.

Maples, 26, placed no. 12 in the Cubs’ farm system at the start of the season and has largely lived up to that ranking with a 3.20 ERA, 8.5 BB/9 and ridiculous 14.9 SO/9 across 25 1/3 innings. While scouts have praised his advanced pitch arsenal, the righty hasn’t yet paired his overpowering stuff with any sense of control — in two months at Triple-A Iowa, he struck out 42 of 112 batters, then tempered that total with 24 walks. It’s not yet clear if he’ll be able to overcome those issues on a major league platform; during his season debut last month, he pitched two scoreless frames, allowing two walks and striking out three of eight batters.

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.