Red Sox trade for Padres reliever Colten Brewer

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A minor trade for you to chew on while you stare at your Thanksgiving to-do list and decide “meh, I can put it off until tomorrow.”

The Red Sox have acquired reliever Colten Brewer from the San Diego Padres for minor league infielder Esteban Quiroz. Ken Rosenthal first reported the trade. Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reported that Quiroz was heading to San Diego.

Brewer, 26, had a 5.59 ERA in 11 appearances as a rookie with the Padres in 2018. He has pitched better than that in the minors, however, posting a 3.75 ERA and 63/15 K/BB ratio over 48 innings in Triple-A in 2018.

Quiroz, also 26, spent several years hitting pretty darn well in the Mexican League — and starring for the Mexican national team — before joining the Sox organization in 2018. He hit pretty darn well in Double-A and a short stint in rookie ball for Boston last year, but only played in 32 games.

This is a roster-rearrangement move more than anything, with the Padres trying to get a man off their 40-man roster. The reason: today is the day by which teams have to set their 40-man for purposes of the Rule 5 draft next month.

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.