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Happy Friday, baseball fans! Divisional MVPs have been announced, and I don’t think anyone can really be shocked by the winners. Mike Trout and Kris Bryant are you respective most valuable players and all is right in the world.
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on in the American League West.
The Astros have signed Josh Reddick to a 4-year deal.
“The Astros have agreed to a 4-year, $52 million deal with outfielder Josh Reddick, as first reported by Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. The deal is pending a physical.
Reddick is the second major addition of the hour for the Astros, who also acquired catcher Brian McCann from the Yankees in exchange for two prospects. Reddick, who has played right field throughout his career, will join George Springer, Jake Marisnick and fellow newcomer Norichika Aoki in the Astros’ outfield mix, though it is unclear where each player will play.”
Speaking of Astro related transactions, the Yankees have traded Brian McCann to the Astros.
“The Astros have acquired catcher Brian McCann and cash from the Yankees for right-handed pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman, according to a team announcement.
As reported by ESPN’s Buster Olney, Houston will receive $11 million from the Yankees in the deal, which means they will pay $23 million of the $34 million owed to McCann over the next two years. McCann’s 5-year, $85 million deal will expire after the 2018 season, though it includes a $15 million vesting option for 2019.”
We’ve heard tons about the notable free agents this offseason: Kenley Jansen, Yoenis Cespedes, etc. But there’s a whole mess of valuable players out there that don’t get as much recognition.
“Yes, there are those big free agents that will get a ton of money, such as Aroldis Chapman, Kenley Jansen, or Edwin Encarnacion. However, the smaller name free agents might make the biggest impact of the off season. They are the ones that have the opportunity to give a team the depth it needs to become a contender.”
Lew Wolff has stepped down as managing partner of the A’s.
John Fisher and Dave Kaval named Managing Partner and President, respectively, as Lew Wolff and Michael Crowley transition to new roles. pic.twitter.com/oDCiml8Bqd— Oakland Athletics (@Athletics) November 17, 2016
Just to give you the Friday Fuzzies, Vin Scully was shocked to learn that he was receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Cue the tears.
Gotta love #VIN. Here's @WhiteHouse @PressSec calling Vin Scully to let him know he's a recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom. pic.twitter.com/uvoks5tAR1— Los Angeles Dodgers (@Dodgers) November 16, 2016
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