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Nov 21 2017 - Aaron Judge (Yankees), RF Aaron Judge underwent arthroscopic surgery on his left shoulder Monday, but is expected to complete his recovery before the start of spring training. The Yankees announced on Tuesday that Judge's procedure "involved a loose-body removal and cartilage clean-up, and was performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles at the Kerlan-Jobe Orthopaedic Clinic." Judge, 25, hit an AL-leading and a Yankees-rookie-record 52 home runs while driving in 114 runs and batting .284 over 155 games during his rookie campaign in 2017.
Nov 16 2017 - Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins), OF Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto in the fourth-closest balloting of all-time to become the first Miami Marlins' player to be named National League MVP, the Baseball Writers' Association of American announced on Thursday. Stanton received 302 votes, two more than Cincinnati Reds star Joey Votto. Both players received 10 first-place votes. "This is unbelievable," Stanton said after the announcement on the Major League Baseball Network. "The ups and downs of my career and everything that's happened, I'm just so thankful and appreciative to everyone around me, everyone who has pushed me, everyone that's been by my side." Stanton led the majors in homers (59) and RBIs (132) while batting .281 and slugging .631.
Nov 16 2017 - Jose Altuve (Astros), 2B Jose Altuve was named American League MVP, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced Thursday. The 5-foot-6 Altuve claimed 27 of 30 first-place votes for 405 points to beat AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge of the New York Yankees. He matched Yankees shortstop Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Philadelphia Athletics pitcher Bobby Shantz (1952) as the shortest players to win the award. "I don't know what to say," Altuve said. "I wasn't expecting this. This is great."
Nov 16 2017 - Thyago Vieira (White Sox), RHP Thyago Vieira was acquired by the Chicago White Sox from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for international signing bonus pool money, the teams announced Thursday. Vieira also made one appearance with the Mariners last season, retiring all three batters faced in his major league debut versus the Baltimore Orioles on Aug. 14. The 24-year-old became the fifth native of Brazil to play in the majors, joining Yan Gomes, Andre Rienzo, Paulo Orlando and Luiz Gohara.
Nov 15 2017 - Max Scherzer (Nationals), RHP Max Scherzer earned his third Cy Young Award by beating out teammate Stephen Strasburg and Los Angeles Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw in the voting announced on Wednesday. Scherzer, who won the American League Cy Young Award in 2013 with the Detroit Tigers, picked up his second National League honor in a row. The 33-year-old went 16-6 with a 2.51 ERA and led the NL with 268 strikeouts in 200 2/3 innings.
Nov 15 2017 - Corey Kluber (Indians), RHP Corey Kluber picked up his second American League Cy Young Award from the Baseball Writers Association of America when the voting results were announced on Wednesday. Kluber, who won his first Cy Young Award in 2014, posted an 18-4 mark with a league-leading 2.25 ERA for the AL Central Division champions in 2017. The 31-year-old right-hander paced the AL in WHIP at 0.869 and struck out 265 batters in 203 2/3 innings over 29 starts.
Nov 13 2017 - Cody Bellinger (Dodgers), OF Cody Bellinger began the season in the minors and ended it as a unanimous choice for the 2017 National League Rookie of the Year. Bellinger received all 30 first-place votes in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America, giving the Dodgers the top NL rookie honor for a major league-best 18th time. Shortstop Paul DeJong of the St. Louis Cardinals finished second in the voting and was followed by Pittsburgh Pirates first baseman Josh Bell.
Nov 13 2017 - Aaron Judge (Yankees), RF Aaron Judge was named the 2017 American League Rookie of the Year on Monday. Judge received all 30 first-place votes in the voting conducted by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. Boston Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi and Baltimore Orioles outfielder Trey Mancini finished second and third, respectively. The 25-year-old Judge took Major League Baseball by storm in 2017, launching a rookie-record 52 homers to bash Mark McGwire's previous mark set three decades ago. After winning a spring training competition with Aaron Hicks to earn the starting spot in right field, Judge found himself at the top of the AL in homers, runs (128), walks (127) and, unfortunately for him, strikeouts (208). His 114 RBIs were second best in the AL.
Nov 13 2017 - Carlos Beltran (), OF Carlos Beltran announced his retirement after a 20-year major league career, going out on top by winning his first World Series championship with the Houston Astros. The 40-year-old Beltran, a nine-time All-Star with 435 career home runs, made the announcement Monday with a first-person essay on The Players' Tribune.
Nov 9 2017 - Mark Canha (Athletics), OF Mark Canha had arthroscopic surgery on his right wrist to remove a cyst, the team announced. The surgery was performed at the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles on Tuesday. Dr. Steven Shin removed a cyst from Canha's right wrist and expects him to be ready for spring training, the team announced.
Nov 6 2017 - Cody Bellinger (Dodgers), OF/1B Cody Bellinger is the favorite to win the NL Rookie of the Year over Pirates 1B Josh Bell and Cardinals INF Paul DeJong.
Bellinger batted .267 with 39 homers and 87 RBIs in 132 RBIs after making his major league debut April 25. He finished second in the NL in homers. If he wins, Bellinger would become the 14th Dodger to win the award since the club moved to Los Angeles following the 1957 season.
Nov 6 2017 - Clayton Kershaw (Dodgers), LHP Clayton Kershaw, who tied for the major league lead with 18 wins and led the NL with a 2.31 ERA, is vying for his fourth NL Cy Young Award. His competitors are Nationals RHPs Max Scherzer and Stephen Strasburg.
Nov 6 2017 - Jose Altuve (Astros), 2B Jose Altuve is expected to be Houston's first MVP winner since Jeff Bagwell in the strike-shortened 1994 season. The 5-foot-6 Altuve led the majors with a .346 batting average and to go along with 24 homers and 81 RBIs in 153 games. The other AL MVP finalists are Yankees RF Aaron Judge and Indians INF Jose Ramirez.
Nov 6 2017 - Aaron Judge (Yankees), RF Aaron Judge, who led the majors with 52 homers, is a finalist for both the AL Most Valuable Player award and AL Rookie of the Year.
Judge is expected to become the Yankees' first Rookie of the Year winner since Derek Jeter in 1996 after hitting .284 with 52 homers, 114 RBIs, 128 runs and 127 walks. While he led the league with 208 strikeouts, Judge also led the league in runs, walks and home runs.
Nov 6 2017 - Boone Logan (Indians), P Boone Logan has his $7 million club option for 2018 declined by the Cleveland Indians. The left-handed reliever, 33, will receive a $1 million buyout. He signed with the Indians in February and made $6.5 million this year. Logan pitched in 38 games before he tore his left lat muscle on July 19, ending his season. He finished 1-0 with a 4.71 ERA while striking out 28 in 21 innings.
Nov 5 2017 - Andre Ethier (Dodgers), OF Andre Ethier received a $2.5 million buyout and will become a free agent after the Dodgers declined his $17.5 million option for next season on Sunday.
The 35-year-old was the longest-tenured Dodger after 12 seasons with the club. However, his role was sharply reduced due to a fractured tibia in 2016 and a herniated disk in his back this year. Ethier drove in Los Angeles' lone run with a pinch-hit single in the Game 7 World Series loss to the Houston Astros on Wednesday. Ethier was 4-for-13 (.308) with a homer in the postseason after having just 34 at-bats and hitting two home runs in the regular season.
Nov 3 2017 - Josh Tomlin (Indians), RHP Josh Tomlin, who went 10-9 with a 4.98 ERA in 26 starts in 2017, had his $3 million option picked up by the Cleveland Indians. He was 6-0 with a 3.11 ERA in his last 10 appearances of the season. Tomlin, 33, would have been paid a $750,000 buyout if the option not been exercised.
Nov 3 2017 - Michael Brantley (Indians), OF Michael Brantley's past two seasons have been shortened by injuries, but the Cleveland Indians exercised his $11.5 million option for 2018 on Friday. The 30-year-old Brantley hit .299 with nine homers and 52 RBIs in 90 games this season. His strong first half netted him an All-Star spot but he went on the disabled list twice and had right ankle surgery on Oct. 18. Brantley played only 11 games in 2016 because of a shoulder injury that required surgery. Brantley's option price rose from $11 million because of his top-five MVP finish in 2014. He was third in the MVP voting that season after hitting .327 with 20 homers and 97 RBIs. He hit .310 with 15 homers and 84 RBIs in 2015. If the option had been declined, the Indians would have paid Brantley a $1 million buyout.
Nov 3 2017 - Marwin Gonzalez (Astros), INF/OF Marwin Gonzalez had his $5.125 million contract option for the 2018 season picked up by the Houston Astros.
Nov 3 2017 - Jose Altuve (Astros), 2B Jose Altuve had his $6 million contract option picked up by the Houston Astros.
Nov 3 2017 - Ichiro Suzuki (Marlins), OF Ichiro Suzuki had his contract oprion for the 2018 season declined the 2018 by the Miami Marlins on Friday. Suzuki, 44, is now a free agent after receiving a $500,000 buyout. The Marlins passed on the $2 million club option.
Nov 2 2017 - Jed Lowrie (Athletics), 2B Jed Lowrie's $6 million contract option for the 2018 season was exercised on Thursday, the Oakland Athletics announced. Lowrie's deal included a $1 million buyout if the option had been declined. The 33-year-old Lowrie batted .277 with 14 homers, 69 RBIs and a franchise-best 49 doubles in 153 games last season.
Nov 2 2017 - Miguel Sano (Twins), 3B Miguel Sano will undergo surgery for a left shin injury that sidelined him for six weeks during the regular season, the Minnesota Twins announced Thursday. The surgery, which will include Sano having a permanent titanium rod inserted into his left shin, is scheduled for Nov. 13 in New York. Sano is expected to have a six-to-eight week recovery period before returning to baseball activities. Sano was named an All-Star for the first time last season. He batted .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 114 games.
Nov 2 2017 - Justin Upton (Angels), OF Justin Upton agreed to a five-year contract extension, the Los Angeles Angels announced on Thursday. Financial terms were not disclosed by the club, but MLB.com's Jon Paul Morosi reported the deal is worth $106 million. Upton's new contract will span through the 2022 season and will supersede his existing deal that paid him $88.5 million through the 2021 campaign. The four-time All-Star was acquired from the Detroit Tigers on Aug. 31 for right-handed prospects Grayson Long and Elvin Rodriguez. Upton batted .245 with seven homers and 15 RBIs in 27 games with the Angels after hitting .279 with 28 homers and 94 RBIs in 125 contests with the Tigers. Upton set career highs in homers (35), doubles (44), extra-base hits (79), RBIs (109), slugging percentage (.542) and OPS (.904) last season.
Nov 2 2017 - Yasiel Puig (Dodgers), OF Yasiel Puig had his home burglarized as he was at Dodger Stadium during Game 7 of the World Series on Wednesday night. A window was smashed at the 26-year-old slugger's San Fernando Valley home, with TMZ Sports reporting the burglar grabbed jewelry and ran from the premises. The incident was caught on surveillance cameras. Puig's home also had been burglarized in March, with TMZ reporting that approximately $170,000 worth of jewelry was stolen at that time.