Derek Holland uses Asian team staffer as a prop in stereotype filled MLB Network segment

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Derek Holland went on MLB Network’s “Intentional Talk” show with Kevin Millar and Chris Rose yesterday and embarrassed himself and everyone else involved in a racially insensitive segment.

Holland appeared with Giants team massage therapist Haro Ogawa, bowing at him and saying “much respect” several times. Millar offered up a “konichiwa!” greeting. Ogawa was basically a prop for Holland, who repeatedly called Ogawa his “hype man.” Ogawa is apparently close with Holland and he was apparently in on the joke, but trafficking in crappy Asian stereotypes on national television, as opposed to goofing around together in private, makes for a pretty bad joke no matter who was in on it.

After it aired, the Giants issued a statement saying that the organization does not approve of Holland’s behavior on the broadcast and passed along Holland’s apologies “if anyone was offended,” which isn’t much of an apology of course.

Not a good look at all for Holland. Or for Millar, Rose or MLB Network for that matter.

(h/t Deadspin)

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.