Dodgers won’t hire general manager this offseason

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The Dodgers aren’t planning on bringing a new general manager into the organization before 2019, President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman said Friday. According to Pedro Moura of The Athletic, Friedman described the last month as ‘too chaotic’ and indicated that the club had numerous staffing changes to make before handing the reins over to someone new.

It’s only been a month since former general manager Farzan Zaidi jumped ship for a new role as President of Baseball Operations for the longtime rival Giants. Within Zaidi’s four-year tenure in Los Angeles, the Dodgers produced five NL West championships and two National League pennants, falling just short of their seventh and eighth championships in back-to-back World Series losses against the 2017 Astros and 2018 Red Sox. The analytics-driven GM was also instrumental in strengthening the club’s farm system — ranked among the ten best MLB farm systems from 2015 to 2018 — and banked on homegrown talent to carry the team to postseason after postseason.

When rumors surfaced of the GM change this past month, Friedman’s initial comments suggested that he had no intention of trying to outbid the Giants for Zaidi’s services or putting pressure on the general manager to stick around any longer than he was comfortable with. As Zaidi helps restructure the Giants’ impending rebuild, the Dodgers will apparently keep chugging along with Friedman and the rest of his staff until someone better (if there is, in fact, someone better) comes along.

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.