Astros Demote Former AL MVP to Minor Leagues After Protracted Slump to Start Season

The veteran slugger entered Tuesday hitting .099.
Apr 5, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Houston Astros first base Jose Abreu (79) reacts to striking out.
Apr 5, 2024; Arlington, Texas, USA; Houston Astros first base Jose Abreu (79) reacts to striking out. / Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
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It would be hard to script a worse start to a season than José Abreu's first 22 games of 2024.

A year after a solid-if-not-spectacular first season with the Houston Astros, Abreu is slashing .099/.156/.113 with no home runs and three RBI in 22 games. The Astros are struggling as well, with a record of 9-19 relegating them to the American League West's basement.

On Tuesday, Houston took a drastic step. According to general manager Dana Brown, the Astros and Abreu have agreed on a demotion to the FCL Astros of the Florida Complex League in West Palm Beach, Fla. "to get (Abreu) some at-bats and his timing back right."

Abreu, 37, has been a consistent performer since debuting for the Chicago White Sox in 2014. He finished fourth in the AL MVP voting after a sensational rookie season, and was named the AL's MVP following the pandemic-shortened 2020 season.

Houston signed Abreu to a three-year, $59 million contract in Nov. 2022. The Astros open a three-game series against the Cleveland Guardians Tuesday in Texas.


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