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7:40 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.
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
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 …
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Angels' star Mike Trout joins select company by winning his 3rd MVP award  —  Mike Trout of the Los Angeles Angels won the AL MVP for the third time in the past six years.  —  Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and 2016, is the sixth three-time MVP in the history of AL voting …
Mark Townsend / MLB Baseball News, Scores …:
Cody Bellinger earns NL MVP after leading Dodgers to 106 wins  —  Winning a major award is nothing new to Cody Bellinger.  The Los Angeles Dodgers slugger was unanimously voted National League Rookie of the Year in 2017.  Now Bellinger can add NL MVP to his already impressive résumé after a vote by the
Discussion: AZ Snake Pit
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.
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Sources: MLB contacts Astros, Red Sox as sign-stealing investigation expands  —  Major League Baseball's investigation into illegal sign stealing is expected to expand beyond the 2017 Houston Astros and look into whether other teams, including the 2019 Astros, used technology to aid hitters …
The Athletic:
The Astros stole signs electronically in 2017 — part of a much broader issue for Major League Baseball
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 …
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?
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Kevin Acee / San Diego Union-Tribune:
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Derrick Goold / St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
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