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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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Pedro Strop weighing offers from several clubs; Cubs and Rangers among those interested

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Veteran reliever Pedro Strop appears to be close to making a decision on where he will spend the 2020 MLB season.

According to a report from Sportsnet’s Ben Nicholson-Smith, the 34-year old Dominican has received contract offers from at least three different teams. It is yet to be determined which exact teams are involved, but we do know that the Chicago Cubs, Miami Marlins, Milwaukee Brewers and Texas Rangers have all expressed interest in his services this offseason.

Strop is coming off an underwhelming 2019 campaign with the Cubs, posting a 2-5 record, 4.97 ERA and 1.27 WHIP in 50 appearances. It ended a streak of six straight seasons where he finished with an ERA under 3.00.

He will be entering his 12th MLB season in 2020.

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Twins win the Josh Donaldson sweepstakes

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The Minnesota Twins have found their new third baseman.

The team announced that they have signed highly-touted free agent infielder Josh Donaldson to a four-year, $92 million contract with a fifth year club option worth $16 million.

The 34-year old had a bounce back season with the Atlanta Braves in 2019, posting a .259 batting average, .379 on-base percentage, 37 homers, and 94 RBI in 155 games.

The 2015 American League Most Valuable Player had a handful of suitors rumoured to be after his services, including the Braves, and World Series champion Washington Nationals.

Donaldson, who will be entering his 10th season, has a career .373/.464/.819 slash line with 10 homers in 22 career games at Target Field.

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Rangers considered favorites to sign free agent outfielder Nicholas Castellanos

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With most of the big names off the board, the rumours surrounding veteran outfielder Nicholas Castellanos have heated up this week.

While many teams have inquired about his availability, it appears more than likely he will be spending his 2020 season in the “Lone Star State”.

According to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, the Texas Rangers are considered the favourites to sign Castellanos at this time. The Chicago Cubs, Cincinnati Reds and San Francisco Giants are also in the running.

The 27-year old split time between the Detroit Tigers and Cubs in 2018, posting a combined .289 batting average, .863 OPS, 27 homers and 73 RBI in 151 games.

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