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8:10 AM ET, November 5, 2019


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Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
MLB year-end awards: Mike Trout, Cody Bellinger among finalists  —  There are no more games left to be played in Major League Baseball this year, but we can't officially put a bow on the 2019 season until the year-end awards are handed out.  —  That process will begin on Monday, Nov. 11 …
Ben Pickman / Sports Illustrated:
MLB Awards Finalists Announced for MVP, Cy Young, Manager of the Year, Rookie of the Year  —  Just days removed from the end of postseason play, MLB revealed its finalists for each of the four major awards on Monday night.  —  Just days removed from the end of postseason play …
Discussion: DRaysBay and MLB Baseball News …
Connor Byrne / MLB Trade Rumors:
Latest On Brewers' First Base Plans  —  Although the Brewers declined first baseman/outfielder Eric Thames' 2020 option on Monday, that doesn't necessarily mean his time with the franchise is up.  General manager David Stearns stated after the decision that the team's open to re-signing Thames …
Discussion: Brewers News and Al's Ramblings
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Brewers Decline 2020 Option On Eric Thames
Discussion: Bless You Boys
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Blue Jays Acquire Chase Anderson  —  12:39pm: The Blue Jays and Brewers have formally announced the trade.  —  10:40am: The Blue Jays are sending minor league first baseman Chad Spanberger to Milwaukee to complete the deal, TSN's Scott Mitchell tweets.  —  10:23am: The Blue Jays are set …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
J.D. Martinez Will Not Opt Out Of Red Sox Contract  —  Outfielder J.D. Martinez will not opt out of his contract with the Red Sox, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network (via Twitter).  The 32-year-old Martinez had the option of collecting a $2.5MM buyout to forgo the remaining three years and $62.5MM …
Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves, Nick Markakis Agree To New Deal  —  The Braves have agreed to re-sign outfielder Nick Markakis to a one-year deal worth $4MM, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic tweets.  Atlanta held a $6MM option on Markakis with a $2MM buyout, and it seems they've handled that option in the exact same manner …
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Twins To Issue Qualifying Offer To Jake Odorizzi  —  The Twins will issue a qualifying offer to righty Jake Odorizzi, Jim Duquette of MLB Network Radio on Sirius XM reports (Twitter link).  This year's qualifying offer value is $17.8MM.  —  While not unexpected, this move sets the stage for an interesting decision for Odorizzi.
Jeff Todd / MLB Trade Rumors:
Angels Decline Option Over Kole Calhoun  —  The Angels announced that they have declined their club option over outfielder Kole Calhoun, as Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register first reported (Twitter link).  He'll receive a $1MM buyout rather than a $14MM salary for 2019.
Tim Dierkes / MLB Trade Rumors:
2019-20 Top 50 MLB Free Agents With Predictions  —  MLB Trade Rumors is proud to present our 14th annual Top 50 Free Agents list!  For the entire list of free agents, plus the ability to filter by signing status, position, signing team, and qualifying offer status, check out our mobile-friendly free agent tracker here.
Jesse Rogers / ESPN:
Cubs exercise Anthony Rizzo's $16.5M option for 2020  —  CHICAGO — One day after picking up the 2020 option on pitcher Jose Quintana, the Chicago Cubs did the same with former All-Star first baseman Anthony Rizzo.  —  Rizzo will make $16.5 million next season, the first of two option years the Cubs hold on him.
Chris Cwik / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Marvin Miller gets another shot at MLB's Hall of Fame as a member of the Modern Era ballot  —  Marvin Miller — the man responsible for strengthening the players' union — is once again up for induction into the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.  Miller is among the 10 baseball figures on 2020's Modern Baseball Era ballot.
Rockies 3B Nolan Arenado headlines Gold Glove winners with 7th straight  —  Nolan Arenado extended his streak of winning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award in every season of his career on Sunday, when the Colorado Rockies star captured the award for National League third basemen for the seventh consecutive year.
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