Rangers demote Delino DeShields; at least one teammate isn’t happy about it

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The Rangers demoted struggling outfielder Delino DeShields to Triple-A Round Rock on Tuesday and recalled lefty reliever Brandon Mann. Despite playing solid defense, DeShields, 25, hasn’t done much with the bat, owning a .204/.300/.270 triple-slash line in 322 plate appearances this season.

Carlos Tocci, who has hit worse in a smaller sample size (.367 OPS in 44 PA), is starting in center field for the Rangers against the Athletics on Tuesday night.

DeShields’ demotion didn’t sit well with some of his teammates. An unnamed player said moves like that don’t breed a winning culture and instead breed complacency, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Weaver also reports that the same player, who was not DeShields, said he would welcome a trade.

The Rangers enter Tuesday in last place in the AL West with a 42-59 record. Outside of Shin-Soo Choo putting together a great season, not much has gone right for the Rangers, so it’s understandable that some of the veterans in the clubhouse might be frustrated.

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.