Christian Vazquez to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing surgery for fractured finger

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Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez suffered a fractured right pinkie finger sliding into second base on a stolen base attempt in Saturday’s win over the Royals. Vazquez will undergo surgery to place a pin into his fractured finger and is expected to miss six to eight weeks, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.

Vazquez, 27, has had a tough year with the bat, compiling a meager .213/.249/.300 batting line with three home runs and 14 RBI in 218 plate appearances. Sandy Leon and Blake Swihart will get bumped up a rung on the catching depth chart while Vazquez is out.

The Red Sox enter Monday’s action in first place in the AL East with a 62-29 record. They may be on the hunt for catching help from outside the organization as the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline approaches.

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.