Video: Anthony Rizzo reaches 1,000 career hits

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Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo became the latest member of the 1,000-hit club on Saturday after hitting a single against the Nationals’ Tanner Roark. The hit — as well as a hit-by-pitch in the first inning — helped extend his current 15-game on-base streak.

Rizzo, 29, isn’t working with career-high totals in 2018, but his 2018 .264/.362/.442 batting line has seen a nice boost since he was bumped up to the leadoff spot in mid-July. Over the last month, he’s averaged .355/.455/.602 at the plate with five homers and a 1.058 OPS in 112 PA.

As MLB.com’s Matthew Martell pointed out, 982 of those 1,000 hits have come with the Cubs; he racked up the other 18 during his first season with the Padres. Given the torrid pace at which he’s accumulated his first 1,000 hits (he reached the milestone in just 1,014 career games), however, it won’t be long before he logs a full thousand in a Cubs’ uniform, too.

“He’s got many more to come,” skipper Joe Maddon told reporters following Saturday’s 9-4 loss to the Nationals. “He’s still a young man. There’s no telling how many he’ll end up with. His baseball hitting acumen is really high.”

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.