Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Astros sign free agent first baseman José Abreu

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By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The rich keep getting richer. The World Series champions have signed free-agent first baseman José Abreu. He has agreed to a three-year agreement with the team.

Financial terms of the agreement were not immediately available.

Former Chicago White Sox slugger Jose Abreu looks on prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins
Jose Abreu looks on prior to the game against the Minnesota Twins (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)

This signing will likely force out Yuli Gurriel, who is also a free agent. Gurriel spent his entire seven-year career with the Astros.

He will have to determine if he wants to return to the Astros in a diminished role, or sign elsewhere. The 38-year-old played in 146 games this season.

Abreu comes to the Astros after spending his entire career with the Chicago White Sox. He played in 157 games this past season with the White Sox.

He had a .304 batting average with 15 home runs and 75 RBIs in 679 plate appearances. The 15 home runs were the most in his nine-year career.

The three-time All-Star previously had a career-low 19 home runs during the 2020 season in the shortened 60-game season. Abreu won the American League MVP after the season.

In his career, he has had a .292 batting average in 1,270 games. He has 243 home runs and 863 RBIs in 5,506 plate appearances.

The Astros now have former American League MVPs at first base and second base with José Altuve. The infield also includes rookie Jeremy Peña, who was named the 2022 World Series MVP.

The hot corner Alex Bregman was previously named an All Star MVP.

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Anthony Caruso III
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Anthony Caruso III is the Publisher of The Capital Sports Report. He has been in the sports journalism field since 2002 and has covered numerous high-profile events, including 12 Heisman Trophy ceremonies.
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