Tracking MLB COVID-19 cases for the 2020 season

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Major League Baseball is currently dealing with a COVID-19 outbreak with the Miami Marlins — and, possibly, the Philadelphia Phillies — that is quickly spiraling out of control. Multiple games have been postponed and more seem inevitable. In light of this, let’s start tracking MLB COVID-19 cases for the 2020 season.

Tracking MLB COVID-19 cases is not necessarily straightforward. Because of healthcare privacy laws players who test positive for COVID-19 cannot be identified without their consent. In some cases players have offered such consent and the team has announced that they have, in fact, tested positive for COVID-19.

In the vast majority of cases, however, players have been placed on the Injured list for “undisclosed reasons” or for an “illness” which is likely, but not necessarily, COVID-19-related. The number of players who have tested positive on a given team, such as the Marlins, has likewise been reported in some cases, even if identities are not known.

With those caveats aside, here is where we stand at present as far as tracking MLB COVID-19 cases and players who are on the injured list for “undisclosed reasons” or “illness.”

 

Miami Marlins

  • Seventeen players and at least two members of the Marlins coaching staff have tested positive and are on the COVID-19 injured list. Those known: Jorge Alfaro, Garrett Cooper, Harold Ramírez, and José Ureña. No Marlins player has yet been reinstated and the team remains in quarantine in Philadelphia.

 

Washington Nationals

 

Atlanta Braves

  • Will Smith is on the injured list for an illness

 

Philadelphia Phillies

  • Ranger Suárez is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

New York Mets

  • Jared Hughes and Brad Bach are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Cincinnati Reds

  • Matt Davidson was placed on the COVID-19 injured list due to a positive test.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates

 

Milwaukee Brewers

  • Luis Urías and Angel Perdomo are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Los Angeles Dodgers

  • Zac Reks is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

San Diego Padres

  • Jorge Mateo and Breyvic Valera are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

San Francisco Giants

  • Jarlin García is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

New York Yankees

 

Baltimore Orioles

  • Chris Davis is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

Tampa Bay Rays

  • Randy Arozarena is on the injured list for undisclosed reasons;
  • Austin Meadows is on the injured list after a positive COVID-19 test

 

Chicago White Sox

  • Jose Ruiz and Nomar Mazara are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Cleveland Indians

 

Detroit Tigers

 

Kansas City Royals

 

Houston Astros

  • Yordan Álvarez, Cionel Pérez, and José Urquidy are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Los Angeles Angels

  • Parker Markel, José Suárez Julio Teherán, and José Quijada are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

 

Seattle Mariners

 

Texas Rangers

  • Jonathan Davis, Elvis Luciano, and Héctor Pérez are on the injured list for undisclosed reasons

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.