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Report: Mike Clevinger agrees to 1-year deal with White Sox Free agent slugger José Abreu signs 3-year deal with Astros

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CHICAGO – The Chicago White Sox bolstered their rotation by signing the right-hander to a one-year contract. Mike ClevingerThis was reported to the Associated Press by a source familiar with the agreement.

The man spoke on condition of anonymity because the deal was subject to a successful physical examination.

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The 31-year-old Clevinger went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA in 23 games, including 22 starts, for San Diego this year. He missed the 2021 season due to Tommy John surgery.

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Chicago is looking to bounce back from a disappointing 2022 season when it went 81-81 and finished 11 games behind amazing AL Central champion Cleveland. Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa resigned in October and Pedro Grifol was hired on November 1.

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The White Sox got a big boost from Johnny Cueto this year, but the 36-year-old right-hander is a free agent after going 8-10 with a 3.35 ERA in 25 games. Clevinger enters a rotation likely to include Dylan Stop, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito as well as Michael Kopech.

The move brings the 6-foot-4 Clevinger back to the AL Central after making his major league debut with Cleveland in 2016. He went 42-22 with a 3.20 ERA in four-plus seasons with Cleveland before being traded to San Diego. in a multiplayer deal in August 2020.

Clevinger was selected by the Los Angeles Angels in the fourth round of the 2011 amateur draft. In 2014, he was traded to Cleveland.

Clevinger is 51-30 with a 3.39 ERA in 128 career major league games. He also has 694 strikeouts in 656 2/3 innings.

HOUSTON – Jose Abreu and the World Series champion Astros signed a three-year contract, adding another powerful bat to the Houston roster.

Abreu, the 2020 AL MVP, played his first nine major league seasons with the Chicago White Sox. The first baseman became a free agent after hitting .304 with 15 home runs, 75 RBIs and an .824 OPS this year.

With the Astros he replaces Julius Gurriel at first base in batting order that also includes All-Star batters Jordan Alvarez, Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman as well as Kyle Tucker.

Gurriel became a free agent after Houston defeated the Philadelphia Phillies this month to become a second World Series champion.

Abreu, 35, has become the biggest free agent to change teams this offseason. The Cuban native, three-time All-Star and 2014 AL Rookie of the Year, hit .292 career majors with 243 homers, 863 RBIs and an .860 OPS.

The Astros announced the signing. Abreu is scheduled to be introduced at a press conference at Minute Maid Park.


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