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Astros, Joe Smith agree to two-year, $8 million contract

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The Astros announced on Monday that the club signed free agent reliever Joe Smith to a two-year contract. Per Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the total value of the deal is $8 million.

Smith, 35, spent the last two years with the Astros. Across both seasons, he compiled a 3.06 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 17 walks in 70 2/3 innings. He amassed just 25 innings this past season due to a ruptured Achilles tendon, which caused him to miss almost the entire first half.

Smith will rejoin the back of the Astros’ bullpen along with Ryan Pressly, helping bridge the gap to closer Roberto Osuna.

Doubleheader between Cardinals and Tigers postponed

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A doubleheader between the St. Louis Cardinals and Detroit Tigers this week is being postponed to allow more time for additional COVID-19 testing.

MLB opted to postpone Thursday’s doubleheader to continue additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play. More details about the Cardinals’ resumption of play will be announced later this week.

The Cardinals had a series against Pittsburgh set to start on Monday postponed after a weekend series against the Cubs was scrapped due to three positive coronavirus tests.

St. Louis had two more players and a staff member test positive for the virus on Friday and have had eight positive players overall, including star catcher Yadier Molina.

There have now been 29 games postponed by Major League Baseball because of coronavirus concerns. The Cardinals have not played since July 30 and have had 15 games scrapped.

Miami and Philadelphia each had seven games postponed earlier and have returned to the field since the disruptions.

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