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6:35 PM ET, November 14, 2019


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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Justin Verlander edges Astros teammate to win 2nd Cy Young Award  —  Justin Verlander outpolled his Houston Astros teammate, Gerrit Cole, to win the American League Cy Young Award.  —  This is the first time in the history of AL Cy Young voting that teammates have finished first and second on the ballot.
Jeff Wilson / Fort Worth Star-Telegram:
Rangers have two quality starting pitchers.  Free agency may yield a third, maybe a fourth  —  For all the talk that has been generated about the Texas Rangers' need for a third baseman, the postseason again showed unequivocally that quality starting pitching rules the day.
Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Jacob deGrom joins elite company after winning second straight NL Cy Young award
Bobby Nightengale /
Cincinnati Reds seeking offensive upgrades in offseason after inconsistent year
Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets ace Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award for second straight season in landslide vote
Discussion: Newsday
The Athletic:
Three major-league managers are connected to Astros' sign stealing  —  Major League Baseball's investigation into the Astros and sign stealing is virtually certain to include interviews with three current managers — the Astros' AJ Hinch, the Red Sox's Alex Cora and the Mets' Carlos Beltrán.
The Athletic:
The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 — part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball  —  There is a broad story about this era of baseball that has yet to be told.  —  To this point, the public's understanding of sign stealing mostly rests on anonymous second-hand conjecture and finger-pointing.
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Braves Sign Will Smith  —  The Braves have signed closer Will Smith to a three-year contract, the team announced.  The three guaranteed years will pay Smith $39MM, and Atlanta has a $13MM club option for 2023.  That option contains a $1MM buyout, as per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal …
David Pinto /
Early MVP  —  The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America announced the results of their MVP voting:  —  The Internet Baseball Writers Association of America (IBWAA) announced the winners in its Most Valuable Player category Thursday, with the Los Angeles Dodgers' Cody Bellinger winning …
Mark Polishuk / MLB Trade Rumors:
Jose Abreu Reportedly Weighing Multi-Year Offer From White Sox  —  Jose Abreu and the White Sox have been in talks about a long-term deal, and there's still a chance such a pact could be reached before today's 4pm CT qualifying offer deadline.  As per 670 The Score's Bruce Levine (Twitter link) …
The Boston Globe:
Man suspected in Gardner museum heist set free  —  On a cold February day in 1999, David Turner and several accomplices, armed with a hand grenade and six guns, were on their way to rob an armored car depot in Easton when they were arrested in an FBI sting.Agents told Turner he was a suspect …
Discussion: New York Post, WHDH-TV and CBS Boston
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
Qualifying offer thoughts; Contemplating Yelich's future in Milwaukee; Hamels is the new Happ; more notes  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — In August, when the Brewers were still barely above .500, a rival executive suggested the team soon might need to trade right fielder Christian Yelich …
Ryan Wormeli / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Does Davey Martinez's snub highlight problems with Manager of the Year award?
Discussion: Federal Baseball and Talking Chop
Jim Salisbury /
Phillies touch base with agent Scott Boras on Mike Moustakas and free-agent pitchers  —  SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — Scott Boras, baseball's most high-powered agent, has forged an undeniable chemistry with the Phillies and owner John Middleton, in particular, over the last two years.
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