Houston Astros release 1B Jose Abreu year and a half into 3-year, $58.5M deal, club says

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Friday, June 14, 2024
Jose Abreu not with Astros as veteran star accepts option to West Palm
The Houston Astros optioned first baseman Jose Abreu to West Palm Beach. GM Dana Brown said the former AL MVP isn't with the team on Tuesdsay.

HOUSTON, Texas -- The Houston Astros released struggling slugger Jose Abreu from their major league roster Friday.

Abreu's departure comes roughly two weeks after a minor league stint with the Sugar Land Space Cowboys.

The video above is from an April 30, 2024, report on the Astros sending down Abreu to West Palm Beach.

The former American League MVP is batting just .124 with two homers and seven RBIs in 35 games this season.

Abreu was demoted to the Astros' Florida Complex League team on April 30. The three-time All-Star played five games there and two games at Triple-A Sugar Land before returning to the Houston lineup May 27.

Abreu, 37, has batted .217 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs in 176 games since signing a three-year, $58.5 million deal with Houston in November 2022.

He is due $19.5 million this season and the same amount in 2025.

Abreu was the AL Rookie of the Year with the Chicago White Sox in 2014 and made the All-Star teams with Chicago in 2014, 2018 and 2019.

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General manager Dana Brown is expected to speak about the decision and the team's next move.

He was crowned AL MVP in the pandemic-shortened 2020 campaign after batting .317 with 19 homers and 60 RBIs in just 60 games.

Across 11 seasons, Abreu has hit .283 in 1,446 games with 263 home runs and 960 RBIs for the White Sox (2014-22) and Astros. His 960 RBIs since his debut in 2014 is the most in the AL in that span.

This is a developing story. ABC13 will have more on the latest updates starting at 3 p.m. on Eyewitness News.

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It looks like José Abreu is already winning over the clubhouse! "José pulled out his phone last night and had the phone numbers of the entire team," Crane said.