Yankees sign Danny Farquhar to minor league deal

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The New York Yankees have signed righty Danny Farquhar to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

We don’t write about most minor league deals, but this one is obviously a bit special. Farquhar, as you may recall, suffered a brain hemorrhage from a ruptured aneurysm last April, causing him to collapse while in the White Sox’ dugout during a game. He was rushed to the hospital and underwent emergency surgery. It could’ve killed him, obviously, and it did sideline him for the rest of the season.

He’s recovered well, though, and will try to return to the majors with the Yankees. It’ll be a major challenge — more so due to how stacked the Yankees’ bullpen is than due to the layoff — but simply having Farquhar back on the mound, in Tampa this spring and/or in Scranton this summer, will be nice to see.

Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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HOUSTON — Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros agreed to a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to Houston’s lineup.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, 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 is scheduled to be introduced in a news conference at Minute Maid Park.