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Astros to give Altuve $151M from 2020-24

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A person familiar with the negotiations says AL MVP Jose Altuve and the World Series champion Houston Astros have agreed to a contract that guarantees him an additional $151 million over five seasons from 2020-24.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the agreement had not been announced.

Altuve has been one of the biggest bargains in baseball. The 27-year-old second baseman is earning $6 million this year under the first option exercised by Houston in a deal he agreed to in 2013 that originally guaranteed $12.5 million from 2014-17. The Astros have a 2019 option at $6.5 million. He would have been eligible for free agency after that season.


Reds give 3B Suarez $66M, 7-year deal

GOODYEAR, Ariz. (AP) Third baseman Eugenio Suarez agreed to a $66 million, seven-year contract that makes him part of the foundation for the Cincinnati Reds' long-term rebuilding.

The deal announced Friday supersedes the $3.75 million, one-year contract the 26-year-old was awarded when he lost his salary arbitration case last month. There's a team option for 2025 at $15 million - with a $2 million buyout - that would make the deal worth $79 million over eight years.


Angels' Ohtani allows 7 runs over 1 1-3

TEMPE, Ariz. (AP) Shohei Ohtani was rocked for seven runs over 1 1/3 innings in his second major league spring training start for the Los Angeles Angels, allowing long home runs to Colorado's Ian Desmond and Nolan Arenado that went over the left-field berm on Friday.

The 23-year-old Japanese two-way star made his first big league exhibition appearance since Feb. 24, when he pitched 1 1/3 innings against Milwaukee and gave up Keon Broxton's home run leading off the second.


Phils' Eickhoff likely to miss 6-8 weeks

CLEARWATER, Fla. (AP) Philadelphia Phillies right-hander Jerad Eickhoff is expected to miss six to eight weeks with a strained lat muscle.

Eickhoff was 4-8 with a 4.71 ERA last season and spent time on the disabled list with back and hand injuries. He was slated to be part of Philadelphia's rotation.


Hellickson, Nats agree to minors deal

A person familiar with the deal says right-hander Jeremy Hellickson and the Washington Nationals have agreed to a minor league contract.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the agreement had not yet been announced.


Charles, member of 1969 Mets, dies at 84

NEW YORK (AP) Ed Charles, the third baseman known as "The Glider" who helped lead the Miracle Mets to the 1969 World Series title with his veteran guidance and poetry, has died. He was 84.

Charles died Thursday in New York, the J. Foster Phillips Funeral Home said.


Jays' Pannone banned 80 games for PEDs

NEW YORK (AP) Toronto pitcher Thomas Pannone has been suspended for 80 games under Major League Baseball's drug program following a positive test for a performance-enhancing substance.

The 23-year-old left-hander tested positive for Dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (DHCMT), the commissioner's office said Friday. DHCMT also is known as Turinabol, a drug used by East German athletes in the 1960s. Chris Colabello, then with the Blue Jays, tested positive for the same substance in 2016.


Astros RHP McCullers sharp vs. Yankees

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) Lance McCullers Jr. had a dominant spring outing in front of the hometown fans.

McCullers, a product of Tampa Jesuit High School, allowed one hit over 4 1/3 innings as the Houston Astros beat the New York Yankees 2-0 on Friday night.


Moustakas back with Hosmer on Royals

PEORIA, Ariz. (AP) Mike Moustakas and Eric Hosmer embraced, just like they did as Kansas city teammates.

Moustakas made his spring training debut after returning to the Royals and hit a two-run single off Chris Young in a 12-4 win over San Diego on Friday.

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