Video: Joe Kelly breaks own window practicing throwing his change-up

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Control hasn’t been Joe Kelly‘s forte over the course of his eight-year career. In 2016, for example, the right-hander issued 24 free passes in just 40 innings of work. Overall, he has unintentionally walked 267 batters in 676 2/3 innings.

It wasn’t surprising, then, to learn that Kelly accidentally broke the window of his own house while outside practicing throwing his change-up to a makeshift target. On her Instagram story posted on Wednesday, Kelly’s wife Ashley posted the video. She followed it up with a narrated video, captioned “Throwing Program is going well,” of her discovering the shattered window. Ashley said, “Wondering how quarantine is going? Joe is working on a change-up.” Then her phone camera pans to the window. She said, “Yeah, that’s cool. Rad.”

Kelly explained what he was throwing:

According to Baseball Savant, Kelly threw his change-up 12.6 percent of the time last season. Batters actually didn’t fare well against it, batting .241. That’s lower than batters’ aggregate performance against his four-seamer (.259) and his sinker (.368).

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.