Giants outfielder Steven Duggar to have season-ending shoulder surgery

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Giants rookie outfielder Steven Duggar hurt himself on a dive into second base Tuesday night. Last night the Giants announced that what they feared the worst had come to pass: he dislocated his left shoulder and tore his labrum. He will have season-ending surgery.

Duggar, who was hitting .255/.303/.390 and was establishing himself as the Giants center fielder of the future, is expected to be ready for spring training. In the meantime Gorkys Hernandez will serve as San Francisco’s primary center fielder.

The Giants, tied with the Tigers as baseball’s worst team a year ago, were in moderate contention for much of the year but injuries helped derail any playoff hopes they had going in the middle of the season. Jeff Samardzija, Johnny Cueto, Buster Posey, Pablo Sandoval, Joe Panik, Brandon Belt and Madison Bumgarner have all missed time with significant injuries.

The spring training schedule came out yesterday. See ya in Scottsdale next February, folks.

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.