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Astros Signing José Abreu to Three Year Deal

The Houston Astros are currently finalizing a deal with free agent first baseman José Abreu for a term of three years. The deal is expected to pay $19.5 million per year, with a total of $58.5 million. Abreu is a three time All-Star, has won three Silver Sluggers, a Rookie of the Year award and the 2020 AL MVP. Just last season, he appeared in 157 games for the White Sox and hit .304/.378/.446 (133 OPS+) with 40 doubles, 15 homers, 75 RBI, 85 runs and 4.2 WAR.

For the Astros who won the 2022 World Series, upgrading from Yuli Gurriel who hit .236/.285/.371 to Abreu with 304/.378/.446 will fill a weak spot for them. Even better news for the Astros is that there will be a natural spot for Abreu slotted between lefty sluggers Yordan Alvarez and Kyle Tucker.

As for the White Sox, Abreu’s career with them has ended with a .292 average and 134 OPS+. He collected 1,445 hits, 303 doubles, 243 home runs, 863 RBI, 697 runs and 31.9 WAR. Abreu also ranks sixth in career doubles, third in home runs, fifth in RBI, 10th in runs, 10th in hits and seventh in total bases.

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White Sox Agree to One Year With Pitcher Mike Clevinger

The Chicago White Sox agreed to sign free agent starting pitcher Mike Clevinger for a one year deal worth at least $8 million. Clevinger, returned to the Padres last season after missing all of 2021 due to Tommy John surgery. He only appeared in 23 games, 22 were starts, and went 7-7 with a 4.33 ERA, 4.97 FIP and 1,20 WHIP. He struck out 91 and walked 35 in 114 innings.

Prior to the elbow injury and surgery, from 2017-2020, he went 41-20 with a 2.96 ERA (152 ERA+) and 1.15 WHIP with 553 strikeouts in 489 1/3 innings. He also showed short bursts of his old self this season from May 17th to August 1st when he had a 2.81 ERA with 49 strikeouts in 51 1/3 innings.

The White Sox won the AL Central in 2021, and were one of the biggest disappointments in baseball last year with a 81-81 record and missing the playoffs. They now have locked up Dylan Cease, Lance Lynn, Lucas Giolito and Michael Kopech on top of Clevinger for 2023 and are hoping to turn things around.

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Jets’ Zach Wilson Has Been Benched Prior to Chicago Bears Matchup

Second year Quarterback, Zach Wilson, recently lost his starting quarterback position for the New York Jets, prior to week 12’s matchup against the Chicago Bears. After performing terribly against the New England Patriots, the second overall pick of the 2021 NFL Draft has been benched. Wilson is a 5-2 starter for the 6-4 Jets and has struggled to get their passing game going since he returned from a preseason injury, only managing four touchdowns and five interceptions in seven starts.

Saturday, Wilson struggled only completing 9 of 22 passes for 77 yards and barely getting away with two throws that should have been intercepted. The Jets’ defense held the Patriots to only three points, but an 84 yard punt return for a touchdown with under thirty seconds remaining gave New England the win. Initially following the game, head coach Robert Saleh said a quarterback change was off the table.

Saleh had a change of heart on Monday, stating that, “Being on the plane ride, and you watch the tape, and you just see some things, and you write down notes, and it’s just me taking a step back. …Just take a deep breath and say, ‘You know what? Everything needs to be evaluated.’ When you put up 100 yards of offense, I don’t care how good New England is, and they are good, it’s unacceptable, That’s not NFL football. So everything is being talked about. The quarterback is part of the pile of stuff that’s being talked about, and it’s something that we have to find an answer to, and we got to do it by Wednesday.”

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49ers’ Brandon Aiyuk Hits Cameraman With Football During Celebration

The San Francisco 49ers wide receiver Brandon Aiyuk managed two touchdowns in their 38-10 victory over the Arizona Cardinals, however, on his second of the day, he accidently injured a cameraman. Aiyuk nabbed his second touchdown late in the third quarter, part of his celebration was throwing the ball against the wall. The cameraman aligned with the wall of Estadio Azteca in Mexico City and Aiyuk hit the cameraman near his groin with the ball.

Once he realized what had happened, Aiyuk and his teammates came over to check on the cameraman to make sure he was okay. Aiyuk only had two catches for 20 yard, but both were touchdown catches. Marking the second two score game of his career. He also currently has a career high six touchdowns this season with 46 catches for 587 yards.

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Florida Pulls Scholarship From Top QB Recruit After Video Surfaces of Him Saying N-Word

The Florida Gators recently took away a scholarship offer to one of the top high school quarterbacks in the nation after the teen filmed himself saying the N-word. Marcus Stokes played quarterback for Nease High School in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, and received an offer from Florida, Penn State, Florida Atlantic, Georgia Southern and Georgia State, amongst others. Stokes was a four star recruit and amongst the top 50 players in the state.

The video came out on Friday and shows Stokes saying “Welcome back” followed by the N-word. Stokes revealed in a statement he posted to social media on Sunday that the Gators pulled their offer. He wrote, “I was in my car listening to rap music, rapping along to the words and posted a video of it on social media, I deeply apologize for the words in the song that I chose to say. It was hurtful and offensive to many people, and I regret that. I fully accept the consequences for my actions, and I respect the University of Florida’s decision to withdraw my scholarship offer to play football. My intention was never to hurt anybody and I recognize that even when going along with a song, my words still carry a lot of weight. I will strive to be better and to become the best version of myself on and off the field. I know that learning from my mistakes is a first important step.”

Stokes had changed his commitment from Penn State to Florida in July, and had 14 touchdowns and 1,867 passing yards in his senior season after appearing on schools’ radars after his junior year when he had 28 touchdowns and 2,672 passing yards.

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