Report: Padres acquire Matt Wisler from Reds

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MLB.com’s A.J. Cassavell reports that the Padres have acquired pitcher Matt Wisler from the Reds in exchange for minor league pitcher Diomar Lopez.

Wisler, 26, was designated for assignment by the Reds last Thursday. He had a solid spring, posting a 3.75 ERA with 16 strikeouts and one walk across 12 innings. He also had success in a small sample out of the Reds’ bullpen last season, yielding three earned runs with an 11/2 K/BB ratio in 13 1/3 innings.

Wisler was originally selected by the Padres in the seventh round of the 2011 draft. He was then sent to the Braves in the Melvin Upton Jr. trade. The Braves sent him to the Reds last July in the Adam Duvall trade.

Lopez, 22, spent most of his 2018 season with Low-A Tri-City, In 41 2/3 innings in the minors overall, he posted a 5.18 ERA with 53 strikeouts and 13 walks.

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.