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Mon Nov 1818:34Yuli Gurriel agrees to $8.3M, 1-year deal with AstrosYuli Gurriel1BAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Yuli Gurriel has agreed to an $8.3 million, one-year contract with the Houston Astros, a $300,000 raise from his originally scheduled salary for next season.Gurriel hit .298 and set career bests with 31 homers and 104 RBIs as the Astros won the American League pennant for the second time in three seasons. He hit .310 with one homer and five RBIs in the seven-game World Series loss to Washington.The 35-year-old first baseman, who defected from Cuba, agreed in July 2016 to a $47.5 million, five-year contract with the Astros that included an $8 million salary for 2020. That deal allowed Gurriel to void the remainder of his contract when he became eligible for salary arbitration for the first time, and he reached that eligibility this offseason with 3 years, 43 days of major league service.His new contract allows him to become a free agent after the 2020 season, preserving a right also contained in his original major league contract. It also includes the same award bonus provisions: $100,000 for MVP, $50,000 for second and $25,000 for third; $50,000 for World Series MVP, and $25,000 each for League Championship Series MVP, Silver Slugger, Gold Glove and being selected an All-Star.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Mon Nov 1818:05Cherington on Pirates: scouting will drive successChris ArcherSPPiratesFree Agent
Josh Bell1BPiratesFree Agent
A.J. BurnettFree Agent
Kyle CrickRPPiratesFree Agent
Tyler GlasnowSPRaysFree Agent
Keone KelaRPPiratesFree Agent
Russell MartinCBlue JaysFree Agent
Austin MeadowsCFRaysFree Agent
Bryan ReynoldsFree Agent
Felipe VázquezRPPiratesFree Agent
PITTSBURGH (AP) — Ben Cherington earned three World Series rings with the Boston Red Sox, the last as general manager of the 2013 club that raced from worst to first.The challenge that lies ahead for Cherington with the Pittsburgh Pirates will be different.The market is smaller. So are the resources Cherington can draw from. The chance to supplement the major league roster with expensive free agents — as Cherington did in Boston — likely will not exist. Yet the 45-year-old does not appear to be intimidated by the financial realities his new job presents. Two decades in the business have taught him that while budgets may vary, the tenets of successful teams do not.“Obviously the bigger the payroll, it gives you more margin for error on certain types of decisions,” Cherington said Monday, when the Pirates announced he had been hired to succeed Neal Huntington. “But if you peel back in Boston and what really drove winning, I think, in most of the best years was really good wor... [More]
Mon Nov 1817:04Twins' Max Kepler retraces steps in trip back to GermanyMax KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
BERLIN (AP) — When Max Kepler makes an acrobatic catch for the Minnesota Twins, perhaps he owes a bit to his parents.Back in his hometown of Berlin, the 26-year-old outfielder paid tribute to his parents, professional ballet dancers Kathy Kepler and Marek Rozycki.“I used to sit in the wings and watch them perform,” he said Monday during an interview with The Associated Press. “I was there with my sister, once, twice a month, watching them do their thing. So I think I subconsciously I learned a lot from just the way they go about themselves on a professional level.”Kepler is in Germany for a five-day Major League Baseball promotional tour. He reminisced about Little League ball in the German capital. He said his dad gave tips on preparation and recovery, his mom on motivation.“They’re my support team,” he said. “They’ve pushed me through thick and thin, ups and downs. There have been a lot of times where I’ve doubted myself, just continuing to play baseball. They... [More]
Mon Nov 1816:24Twins' Max Kepler retraces steps in trip back to GermanyMax KeplerRFTwinsFree Agent
BERLIN (AP) — When Max Kepler makes an acrobatic catch for the Minnesota Twins, perhaps he owes a bit to his parents.Back in his hometown of Berlin, the 26-year-old outfielder paid tribute to his parents, professional ballet dancers Kathy Kepler and Marek Rozycki.“I used to sit in the wings and watch them perform,” he said Monday during an interview with The Associated Press. “I was there with my sister, once, twice a month, watching them do their thing. So I think I subconsciously I learned a lot from just the way they go about themselves on a professional level.”Keper is in Germany for a five-day Major League Baseball promotional tour. He reminisced about Little League ball in the German capital. He said his dad gave tips on preparation and recovery, his mom on motivation.“They’re my support team,” he said. “They’ve pushed me through thick and thin, ups and downs. There have been a lot of times where I’ve doubted myself, just continuing to play baseball. They’... [More]
Fri Nov 1519:24Betting on himself: Odorizzi accepts offer for Twins' returnDallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Jake Odorizzi watched Dallas Keuchel remain on the free-agent market until June and didn’t want to take a chance of lingering without a contract. So he accepted the Minnesota Twins’ $17.8 million qualifying offer for a one-year contact and put himself in position to become a free agent again after the 2020 season.“When it came down to it, the decision came down to me pretty much betting on myself and returning to a place I know very well and enjoyed and continue to improve on what I did last year and then re-entering the market next offseason with a different class,” Odorizzi said Friday, a day after accepting the offer just before the deadline.While this year’s free-agent class includes Gerrit Cole, Stephen Strasburg, Zack Wheeler and Madison Bumgarner, next year’s is a less accomplished group headed by Trevor Bauer, James Paxton, Masahiro Tanaka, Marcus Stroman, José Quintana and Jake Arrieta.If Odorizzi had turned down the Twins’ offer and signed ... [More]
Fri Nov 1503:54A position-by-position look at the free agent marketDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Jerry BlevinsRPMetsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Kole CalhounRFAngelsFree Agent
Nicholas CastellanosRFTigersFree Agent
Starlin Castro2BMarlinsFree Agent
Robinson ChirinosCAstrosFree Agent
Steve CishekRPCubsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Patrick CorbinSPNationalsFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Brian Dozier2BDodgersFree Agent
Brett GardnerLFYankeesFree Agent
Yasmani GrandalCDodgersFree Agent
Didi GregoriusSSYankeesFree Agent
Will HarrisRPAstrosFree Agent
Rich HillSPDodgersFree Agent
José IglesiasSSTigersFree Agent
Howie KendrickLFNationalsFree Agent
Dallas KeuchelSPAstrosFree Agent
Brandon KintzlerRPCubsFree Agent
Mitch Moreland1BRed SoxFree Agent
Mike Moustakas3BBrewersFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Drew PomeranzSPRed SoxFree Agent
Yasiel PuigRFRedsFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Jonathan Schoop2BTwinsFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
Justin Smoak1BBlue JaysFree Agent
Stephen StrasburgSPNationalsFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Patrick Corbin was an exception last offseason.Amid a slow free agent market — some stars didn’t sign until after the start of spring training — Corbin’s search for a new home was over in December when he received a $140 million, six-year contract from Washington.That worked out pretty well for both team and player. Corbin was a key part of the Nationals’ starting rotation this year, and he threw three scoreless innings in relief in Game 7 of the World Series, helping the team win its first World Series title.Now, another offseason is in full swing. It’s hard to say whether teams will be more aggressive in pursuing free agents, hoping to land the next Corbin, but the Atlanta Braves already made a significant move, signing reliever Will Smith away from San Francisco.Here’s a look at the top free agents still available, broken down by position. Players are listed with their most recent teams, with their ages in parentheses:LEFT-HANDED STARTERHyun-Jin Ryu, Dodgers (32)The ru... [More]
Thu Nov 1421:23Angels’ Trout overcomes injury, tragedy to win 3rd AL MVPCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — It had never been so difficult for Mike Trout to arrive at the ballpark, get his mind and body ready, and perform at the level baseball fans have come to expect.And still, nobody did it better in the American League.Trout overcame injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award Thursday night, getting 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second, and that duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes. Trout also won the award in 2014 and ’16.“This year was probably the toughest year,” Trout said.Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger made it a Southern California sweep, beating out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes, Yelich got 10, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third. Yelich won the award last year.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September while the Angels languished... [More]
Thu Nov 1419:13LA Sweep: Angels’ Trout, Dodgers’ Bellinger win MVP awardsCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP award.Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger made it an LA sweep, beating out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes, Yelich got 10, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third. Yelich won the award last year.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs. It was just enough to avoid another second-place finish — he’s tied for the record with four runner-ups.The 28-year-old... [More]
Thu Nov 1419:03LA Sweep: Angels’ Trout, Dodgers’ Bellinger win MVP AwardsCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Albert PujolsDHAngelsFree Agent
Alex RodriguezFree Agent
Tyler SkaggsSPAngelsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Angels star Mike Trout has overcome injury and tragedy to win his third AL MVP Award.Trout got 17 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Alex Bregman of the Houston Astros was second with the other 13 first-place votes. That duo combined for all the first- and second-place votes.Trout had season-ending foot surgery in September. The outfielder played just 134 games but still set a career high with 45 homers. He batted .291, led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and drove in 104 runs.The 28-year-old shined even following the death of close friend and teammate Tyler Skaggs on July 1. Trout smashed a 454-foot homer wearing Skaggs’ No. 45 in the team’s first game back, when LA pitchers threw a combined no-hitter.Trout is the 10th three-time MVP and joins an elite group: Barry Bonds, Yogi Berra, Roy Campanella, Joe DiMaggio, Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Albert Pujols, Alex Rodriguez and Mike Schmidt. Bonds is the only player with more than three MVPs — he won seven.Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger beat out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich for the NL prize. Yelich won the award last year.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1418:33Dodgers’ Bellinger beats Brewers’ Yelich for NL MVPCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Los Angeles Dodgers slugger Cody Bellinger has beaten out the Milwaukee Brewers’ Christian Yelich to win NL MVP.Bellinger got 19 of 30 first-place votes in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Thursday night. Yelich got 10 first-place votes, and Washington’s Anthony Rendon got one while finishing third.The 24-year-old Bellinger and his loose, left-handed swing launched 47 home runs with a .305 average, 115 RBIs and a 1.035 OPS.He was the best player on the NL’s top team in the regular season, propelling Los Angeles to 106 wins. He’s the 10th different Dodgers player to win MVP and first since Clayton Kershaw in 2014.Bellinger teared up after learning he’d been chosen, getting emotional especially after hugging his father — former big leaguer Clay Bellinger.The AL prize was set to be awarded later Thursday.___Follow Jake Seiner: https://twitter.com/Jake_Seiner___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:53Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will SmithTyler FlowersCBravesFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPTigersFree Agent
Luke JacksonRPBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPGiantsFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their shaky bullpen by signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract on Thursday.The free-agent deal announced Thursday includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout.The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a career-best 34 saves for the San Francisco Giants this past season. He made the All-Star team for the first time.The NL East champion Braves were looking to upgrade the bullpen after going through several closers last season, including Luke Jackson, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon.Smith is Atlanta’s fourth free-agent signing of the offseason but the first to change teams. The Braves re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and reliever Darren O’Day.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:43Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teamsBrett AndersonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Aroldis ChapmanRPYankeesFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsFree Agent
Craig KimbrelRPRed SoxFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Colby RasmusLFOriolesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
Neil Walker2BYankeesFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Matt WietersCNationalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home Thursday following their four-day annual meeting.Using the threat to accept San Francisco’s offer as leverage, reliever Will Smith became the first of the 168 free agents to switch teams, agreeing to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.Just 10 free agents received the offers on Nov. 4, and their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere before the amateur draft in June. Players who did not accept included pitchers Gerrit Cole (Houston), Stephen Strasburg (Washington), Zack Wheeler (New York Mets) and Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco) along with third basemen Anthony Rendon (Washington) and Josh Donaldson (Atlanta) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (St. Louis).Qualifying offers began after the 201... [More]
Thu Nov 1417:23Odorizzi, Abreu accept $17.8M offers to stay with teamsBrett AndersonSPAthleticsFree Agent
Madison BumgarnerSPGiantsFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Josh Donaldson3BBravesFree Agent
Jeremy HellicksonSPNationalsFree Agent
Jake OdorizziSPTwinsFree Agent
Marcell OzunaLFCardinalsFree Agent
Colby RasmusLFOriolesFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
Neil Walker2BYankeesFree Agent
Zack WheelerSPMetsFree Agent
Matt WietersCNationalsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Pitcher Jake Odorizzi accepted a $17.8 million qualifying offer to stay with the Minnesota Twins and first baseman José Abreu took the same amount to remain with the Chicago White Sox as general managers headed home following their four-day annual meeting.Using the threat to accept San Francisco’s offer, reliever Will Smith became the first of the 168 free agents to switch teams, agreeing Thursday to a $40 million, three-year contract with the Atlanta Braves.Just 10 free agents received the offers on Nov. 4, and their former teams will receive draft-pick compensation if they sign elsewhere. Players who did not accept included pitchers Gerrit Cole (Houston), Stephen Strasburg (Washington), Zack Wheeler (New York Mets) and Madison Bumgarner (San Francisco) along with third basemen Anthony Rendon (Washington) and Josh Donaldson (Atlanta) and outfielder Marcell Ozuna (St. Louis).Qualifying offers began after the 2012 season, and only eight of 90 offers have been accepted. The others were Baltimore catcher Matt Wieters, Houston outfielder Colby Rasmus and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brett Anderson after the 2015 season; New York Mets second baseman Neil Walker and Philadelphia pitcher Jeremy Hellickson following the 2016 season; and Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Hyun-Jin Ryu last offseason.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:13Braves bolster shaky bullpen, sign free agent LHP Will SmithTyler FlowersCBravesFree Agent
Shane GreeneRPTigersFree Agent
Luke JacksonRPBravesFree Agent
Nick MarkakisRFBravesFree Agent
Mark MelanconRPGiantsFree Agent
Will SmithRPGiantsFree Agent
ATLANTA (AP) — The Atlanta Braves have bolstered their shaky bullpen by signing left-hander reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $40 million contract.The free agent deal announced Thursday includes a $13 million option for the 2023 season, with a $1 million buyout.The 30-year-old Smith went 6-0 with a 2.76 ERA and a career-best 34 saves for the San Francisco Giants this past season. He made the All-Star team for the first time.The NL East champion Braves were looking to upgrade the bullpen after going through several closers last season, including Luke Jackson, Shane Greene and Mark Melancon.All four free-agent signings of the offseason have landed with Atlanta, but Smith is the first to change teams. The team re-signed outfielder Nick Markakis, catcher Tyler Flowers and reliever Darren O’Day.___More AP MLB: https://apnews.com/MLB and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
Thu Nov 1417:03Yankees turn to young pitching coach for high-tech approachDellin BetancesRPYankeesFree Agent
Corey KluberSPIndiansFree Agent
Luis SeverinoSPYankeesFree Agent
Noah SyndergaardSPMetsFree Agent
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. (AP) — Just four years ago, Matt Blake was varsity pitching coach at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School, about 20 miles outside of Boston. Next spring, the 34-year-old will be guiding the high-priced arms of the New York Yankees."The biggest thing is just finding out where the player is at and what it is that makes him tick," Blake said Thursday after his hiring as Yankees pitching coach was formally announced. "Across different ages or nationalities and cultures, you got to get to the root of what is it that they are seeking for help and then bring it to the edge of their learning zone, if you will."Blake replaced Larry Rothschild, who was fired after nine seasons and got hired as pitching coach of the San Diego Padres.A 2007 graduate of Holy Cross, where he pitched, Blake started coaching at the youth level while working alongside his father."Just to give back because he coached me when I was younger, so it's kind of interesting jumping off point as a favor to t... [More]
Thu Nov 1403:13Astros can make history if Bregman wins MVPCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Mookie BettsRFRed SoxFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Alex Bregman will try to give the Houston Astros an unprecedented sweep.If the All-Star slugger is selected the American League’s Most Valuable Player when voting results are announced Thursday, the Astros will become the first team to have an MVP, Cy Young Award winner and Rookie of the Year in the same season. Justin Verlander took Cy Young honors, and Yordan Álvarez was a unanimous pick as the AL’s top rookie.Mike Trout is probably Bregman’s top competition, and the National League MVP figures to come down to Cody Bellinger of the Dodgers or Christian Yelich of the Brewers, with Anthony Rendon of the Nationals also a worthy finalist.Both MVP races were impacted by injuries. Trout was having another spectacular year for the Los Angeles Angels when right foot problems ended his season early. He did not play after Sept. 7 and was limited to 134 games.Trout still finished with a career-high 45 home runs, along with a .291 batting average, 104 RBIs, 110 runs and a 1.083 OPS. Trout... [More]
Wed Nov 1323:33Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.Verlander beat out Houston Astros teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011 with Detroit, when he was also named MVP. Since then, he’d been a runner-up three times.“The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,” he said. “I mean, still would’ve liked to have won a couple of them.”Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He ... [More]
Wed Nov 1321:43Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011 with Detroit, when he was also named MVP. Since then, he’d been a runner-up three times.“The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,” he said. “I mean, still would’ve liked to have won a couple of them.”Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He led the majors ... [More]
Wed Nov 1321:03Astros’ Verlander, Mets’ deGrom win 2nd Cy Young AwardsCody Bellinger1BDodgersFree Agent
Alex Bregman3BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Clayton KershawSPDodgersFree Agent
Charlie MortonSPRaysFree Agent
Anthony Rendon3BNationalsFree Agent
Hyun-Jin RyuSPDodgersFree Agent
Max ScherzerSPNationalsFree Agent
Marcus SemienSSAthleticsFree Agent
Mike TroutCFAngelsFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
Christian YelichLFBrewersFree Agent
Jacob deGromSPMetsFree Agent
NEW YORK (AP) — Justin Verlander has a second AL Cy Young Award — and a clear path paved toward Cooperstown.Verlander beat out teammate Gerrit Cole in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America revealed Wednesday night. Verlander got 17 first-place votes to 13 for Cole, who became a free agent after the season.Mets ace Jacob deGrom won the NL prize for the second straight year. He received 29 of 30 first-place votes, becoming the 11th pitcher to win Cy Youngs in consecutive years. He and Verlander are the 20th and 21st players to win the award multiple times.The 36-year-old Verlander won his first Cy Young in 2011 with Detroit, when he was also named MVP. Since then, he’d been a runner-up three times.“The adversity I went through puts a new perspective on everything,” he said. “I mean, still would’ve liked to have won a couple of them.”Verlander continued a marvelous second act to his career since a 2017 trade from Detroit to Houston. He led the majors ... [More]
Wed Nov 1320:33Astros sign stealing charges latest to tarnish reputationJose Altuve2BAstrosFree Agent
Gerrit ColeSPAstrosFree Agent
Mike FiersSPAthleticsFree Agent
Roberto OsunaRPAstrosFree Agent
Justin VerlanderSPAstrosFree Agent
HOUSTON (AP) — Not too long ago, the Houston Astros were the feel-good story of baseball. Led by their diminutive Venezuelan dynamo and featuring smart play on the field and in the front office, they emerged from a morass of awful seasons that got them mocked as the ‘Lastros and ascended to the top of the big league galaxy as World Series champions.That picture of the sheer joy as the Astros celebrated their 2017 crown at Dodger Stadium sure looks different now.Fresh off a bitter Game 7 loss in its bid for another title, and tarnished by an executive’s clubhouse rant at female reporters and the failed attempt to smear the journalist who wrote about the scene, the franchise is now embroiled in a new scandal: allegations with on-the-record comments from a former player the Astros turned to technology to devise a sign-stealing scheme during their greatest season.Sign stealing may be as old as baseball. From a clandestine buzzer-and-spyglass system the New York Giants invented to ove... [More]
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