David Hale signs with Korean team

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Yonhap News reports that David Hale has signed on with the Hanwha Eagles of the Korea Baseball Organization. Hale will make $500,000 for the rest of the season.

Hale, 30, allowed seven runs over 13.2 innings with the Yankees and Twins this season. Just a weird year all around for him, because his time with the Twins — one game — came in between two separate stints with New York. Four of those seven runs came in the one bad outing with Minnesota.

Hale could’ve probably latched on someplace else in the United States if he wanted to, but there’s no guarantee of a big league job and, thus, no guarantee of the cool half million he’s getting in Korea. Makes perfect sense that he’d make that choice at this point in the year.

Probably a win-win for him, really. There’s a good chance that, given the level of competition in Korea, he’ll do OK there. If he does, it could get him a better job in the bigs in 2019 than shuttling between Triple-A and the bigs might this year. If no good offers come to pass, he’d stand to make more than the big league minimum in Korea next season.

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.