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Jose Ramirez whacked two home runs and produced five RBI in Wednesday's 19-4 thrashing of the Reds.

He lasered a two-run bomb against starter Tyler Mahle when the game was still a game in the first inning. He topped that by driving a three-run dinger off reliever Tanner Rainey in the third frame. The 25-year-old third baseman has positioned himself squarely into the race for the MVP award with his brilliant batting display so far this year. He has an amazing .293/.392/.609 slash line with 27 home runs, 65 RBI, 63 runs and 19 stolen bases.
Jul 12 - 12:29 AM

Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Rangers are in agreement on a two-ear deal with Jeff Mathis.

The deal is pending a physical. Mathis was a member of the Diamondbacks in 2018, and had a .544 OPS with Arizona in 218 plate appearances. While he's not a great offensive player -- to put it nicely -- he is highly respected for his defense, and he should help the Texas pitching staff. That won't provide any fantasy value, however, and Mathis is unplayable in all but the deepest of leagues. This also could mean the end of Robinson Chirinos' time with the Rangers.
Nov 15 - 8:51 PM

Mookie Betts was named the winner of the 2018 AL MVP Award on Thursday.

It wasn't close, with Betts taking 28-of-30 first-place votes. Mike Trout finished second for the fourth time in his career and one of the two first-place votes, with Jose Ramirez coming in third. J.D. Martinez got the other vote. It was a sensational year for the 26-year-old, hitting .346/.438/.640 while hitting 32 homers, stealing 30 bases and scoring 129 runs while also providing some of the best defense in the outfield that we saw in 2018. It's the first MVP for Betts, but considering his age and talent, it shouldn't shock anyone if it's not his last.
Source: BBWAA
Nov 15 - 6:46 PM

Christian Yelich was voted the 2018 NL MVP Award winner on Thursday.

Not a surprise. Yelich received 29 of 30 first-place votes, with Jacob deGrom getting the other vote and finishing fifth. Javier Baez finished second, with Nolan Arenado coming in third. Yelich was dominant in 2018 -- particularly after the All-Star break -- and hit .326/.402/.598 while blasting 36 homers, stealing 22 bases and driving in 110 runs for the NL Central champions. Javier Baez came in second, with Nolan Arenado coming in third. He'll turn just 27 in December, so if he keeps this up -- no easy task, to be sure -- another MVP could come his way before his career ends.
Source: BBWAA
Nov 15 - 6:20 PM

According to Dan Hayes of the The Athletic, the Twins are hiring Wes Johnson from the University of Arkansas to be their next pitching coach.

You don't see very many college-to-MLB jumps among the modern baseball coaching ranks, but Hayes notes that Johnson "is experienced​ with analytics and has​ a strong history of​ development" -- something that should suit him well working alongside new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli and forward-thinking general manager Thad Levine. Johnson, a proponent of TrackMan technology for training pitchers, helped guide the Razorbacks to the College World Series championship in 2018, where they fell to Oregon State. He also led a big turnaround at Mississippi State prior to heading to Arkansas.
Source: The Athletic
Nov 15 - 1:53 PM

According to Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle, the A's are interested in a reunion with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki.

Suzuki began his career as a second-round pick of the A's back in 2004 and spent parts of seven seasons in Oakland from 2007-2013. The veteran backstop just put up an .825 OPS and 31 home runs in two seasons (186 games) with Atlanta, but he is 35 years old and might come at a palatable price for the cost-conscious Athletics. This could be a really good fit.
Nov 15 - 11:20 AM

Jacob deGrom has been announced as the 2018 National League Cy Young Award winner.

The 30-year-old right-hander was by far the best pitcher in the game during the 2018 regular season, delivering a 1.70 ERA and 269 strikeouts over 217 innings. It was the sixth-lowest ERA among qualified pitchers since Major League Baseball lowered the mound in 1969. Just ignore deGrom's 10-9 record, which was a product of poor run support, a shaky bullpen, and bad luck. He beat out Max Scherzer and Aaron Nola for the hardware with 29 of the 30 first-place votes.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 14 - 6:49 PM

Blake Snell was named the winner of the 2018 American League Cy Young Award.

Snell pitched just 180 2/3 total innings in 2018, a much smaller number than fellow finalists Justin Verlander and Corey Kluber, but the 25-year-old Tampa Bay left-hander still managed a league-high 21 wins and 221 strikeouts alongside a stellar 1.89 ERA. Snell received 17 of the 30 first-place votes. Verlander got the other 13 for his third career second-place finish. He won the award in 2011.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 14 - 6:21 PM

Red Sox signed manager Alex Cora to a one-year contract extension.

Cora was already under contract through 2020, but the Red Sox won 108 regular-season games and a World Series title in his first year at the helm, and will reward the 43-year-old accordingly. He finished second in the 2018 American League Rookie of the Year voting to Athletics manager Bob Melvin. Cora is now signed with Boston through 2021, with a new club option for 2022.
Nov 14 - 5:57 PM

Indians acquired OF Jordan Luplow and INF Max Moroff from the Pirates for INF Erik Gonzalez, RHP Tahnaj Thomas, and RHP Dante Mendoza.

Luplow was blocked by a crowded outfield depth chart in Pittsburgh and should have a better chance of becoming a regular at the MLB level in Cleveland. The 25-year-old spent the majority of the 2018 season at Triple-A Indianapolis, where he posted a decent .287/.367/.462 batting line with eight home runs and seven stolen bases over 88 games. He holds a .194/.274/.371 career slash line in the bigs, but that has come with inconsistent playing time.
Nov 14 - 4:23 PM

Mike Elias will be named the Orioles' new general manager, the Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome confirms.

MLB.com's Mark Feinsand is also on it. Elias is leaving his job as an assistant GM for the Astros, continuing the mass exodus they've seen from their front office. Sig Mejdal is another who left and is expected to join Elias in Baltimore, according to Feinsand.
Nov 14 - 9:55 AM

Athletics manager Bob Melvin has been named the 2018 American League Manager of the Year.

Red Sox manager Alex Cora and Rays manager Kevin Cash both had strong cases, but Melvin was the obvious choice here. He led a club with the lowest Opening Day payroll to a 97-65 regular-season record, fourth-best among all major league teams and a 22-win improvement over the previous year. Melvin, who also won NL Manager of the Year in 2007 and AL Manager of the Year in 2012, inked a multi-year contract extension with the A's late last month.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 13 - 6:52 PM




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