Mariners manager Scott Servais got a very, very special haircut

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Earlier this season Mariners manager Scott Servais made a bet with this closer, Edwin Diaz: save 50 games and I’ll get my hair cut like you get yours cut.

Which is all fine and good until you realize that Diaz’s haircut is pretty special. One of those deals where racing stripes and jagged angles are shaved into the side which, I am fairly certain, has an actual name but with which old bald dudes like me are wholly and understandably unfamiliar. Suffice it to say, it’s a haircut the likes of which Servais was not likely to ask for for himself the next time he went to Supercuts.

Diaz saved his 50th game on Saturday night. Yesterday, Servais honored the bet, with Diaz’s own barber being flown down to San Diego to do the honors himself:


Viva motivational tactics.

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.