Here's What the Jose Abreu Signing Means for Yuli Gurriel's Future in Houston

Here's What the Jose Abreu Signing Means for Yuli Gurriel's Future in Houston


The Houston Astros made a big free agency splash on Monday, signing veteran first baseman Jose Abreu to a three-year deal. The former MVP brings a wealth of offense to Houston's first base position, one that had been dominated by Yuli Gurriel for the past seven seasons.

Abreu's signing likely means Gurriel -- who is also a free agent -- may have played his final game in Houston, although Astros insider Brian McTaggart doesn't believe so.

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McTaggart explained that Houston still has interest in bringing Gurriel back for some type of "utility role." Primarily a first baseman, Gurriel has shown the ability to play third base, second base and occasionally shortstop in a pinch.

Gurriel was an important piece during the Astros' four World Series appearances and two titles since 2017, especially in 2022. After posting a career-worst .647 OPS during the regular season, the 38-year-old rebounded to hit .347 with an .850 OPS during Houston's championship run.

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