Ike Davis has retired

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Ike Davis’ agent has announced Davis’ retirement. That he wasn’t already retired may be surprising to you as he has not appeared in the big leagues since August of 2016, but nope, it wasn’t official yet.

Davis last played pro ball of any kind in the Dodgers’ minor league system back in 2017. There he was even tried out as a pitcher in the minors, with at least some thought about turning him into a two-way player. That didn’t take, he never found his hitting groove and that was basically that.

Davis was a top prospect for some time — he was the Mets’ first round draft pick in 2008 — but injuries and illness derailed his career at various points. He ended up playing parts of seven seasons in the big leagues, putting together a .239/.322/.414 career batting line and hit 81 homers over 665 games.

Most of those games came with the Mets. He would play with the Pirates, Athletics and Yankees as well. Before his minor league stint with Los Angeles he played for Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.

Happy trails, Ike.

 

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.