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Former Red Sox reliever Koji Uehara retires from professional baseball

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One of the important pieces of the Boston Red Sox’ 2013 World Series run is calling it quits.

Former Red Sox reliever/closer Koji Uehara officially announced his decision to retire from professional baseball on Tuesday after a illustrious career that spanned over three decades in Japan and the MLB.

The 44-year old posted a combined 22-26 record, 2.66 ERA, 0.89 WHIP, 570 strikeouts and 95 saves in nine MLB seasons with the Baltimore Orioles, Texas Rangers, Red Sox, and Chicago Cubs from 2009-2017.

He spent the final years of his career with the Yomiuri Giants of Nippon Professional Baseball.

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White Sox ink Jose Abreu to lucrative three-year extension

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Jose Abreu is staying in the Windy City for a few more years.

The Chicago White Sox announced Monday that they have signed the All-Star first baseman to a three-year, $50 million contract extension that includes an immediate $5 million signing bonus, $11 million signing bonus in 2020, $16 million signing bonus in 2021 and a final $18 million bonus in 2022.

“From the moment he stepped into the major leagues, José Abreu has been a leader on the field and in the clubhouse,” said White Sox general manager Rick Hahn.

“He has consistently delivered run production at a historic pace, and with each passing season, his leadership role within our clubhouse – with both American-born and Latin-American players – has repeatedly grown.”

The 32-year old Cuban, who has been with the franchise since 2013, posted a .284 batting average, 33 homers, 38 doubles, 85 runs scored and an American-League best 123 RBI in 159 games during the 2019 season.

This was negotiated after Abreu accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer, and basically replaces the agreement with a more lucrative one.

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Yankees release injured outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, still owe him $26 million

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The Jacoby Ellsbury era in New York has mercifully come to an end.

The team announced that they have released the veteran outfielder despite still having to pay him $21 million plus an additional $5 million as part of the buyout agreement.

The 36-year old initially signed a a seven-year, $153 million contract with the Yankees in December 2013. His tenure in New York was nothing short of a disaster. For starters, a variety of injuries and a hip surgery forced him to miss 614 out of a possible 1,134 regular season games over six seasons. He hasn’t participated in an MLB game since the 2017 ALCS, which resulted in a seven-game loss to the eventual World Series champion Houston Astros.

He posted a combined .264 batting average, .710 OPS, 39 homers and 198 RBI throughout his time with the Bronx from 2014-2017.

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Mets slugger Pete Alonso wins NL Rookie of the Year

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Well this one was a no-brainer.

As expected, MLB announced that New York Mets first baseman Pete Alonso has won the 2019 National League Rookie of the Year Award.

The 24-year old, who had to earn his keep to make the opening day roster, posted a .260 batting average to go a long with a .941 OPS, an MLB rookie-record 53 homers and 120 RBI in 161 games this season.

He was also selected to his first MLB All-Star Game, and won the Home Run Derby over Toronto Blue Jays rookie phenom Vladimir Guerrero Jr in July.

Alonso received 29 of 30 first-place votes to take home the honours on Monday night.

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