Jed Lowrie out an additional few weeks due to strained hamstring

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Mets infielder Jed Lowrie was set to come off of the injured list to make his season debut, but the veteran suffered a Grade 1 hamstring strain and will miss another few weeks,’s Anthony DiComo reports. Lowrie had been on a rehab assignment with Triple-A Syracuse, working his way back from a sprained left knee capsule, and apparently suffered the injury on Saturday, the last time he played.

The Mets and Lowrie, 35, agreed to a two-year, $20 million contract in January. Lowrie had two very good seasons with the A’s in 2017-18, batting an aggregate .272/.356/.448 with 37 home runs and 168 RBI across 1,325 plate appearances.

Todd Frazier and J.D. Davis have handled third base. Davis has performed well while Frazier has… not. There was some thought that Frazier might have been designated for assignment to make room on the roster for Lowrie, but the Mets will now get an additional few weeks to think about that.

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.