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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 …
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Dodgers' Cody Bellinger wins MVP award  —  Dodgers' outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the National League MVP two years after he won the Jackie Robinson Rookie of the Year.  —  Bellinger is the 18th former NL Rookie of the Year winner (2017) to go on to win an MVP Award, most recently Kris Bryant …
David Pinto / baseballmusings.com:
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 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
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:   Angels' Mike Trout edges Astros' Alex Bregman for AL MVP
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.
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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 …
Will Leitch / MLB.com:
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Bobby Nightengale / Cincinnati.com:
Cincinnati Reds seeking offensive upgrades in offseason after inconsistent year  —  Sports Pulse: Reporter Bob Nightengale predicts the MLB individual awards  —  SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - When the Reds entered the offseason last year, their big focus was improving their starting pitching …
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Tim Healey / Newsday:
Mets ace Jacob deGrom wins NL Cy Young Award for second straight season in landslide vote
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US Food and Drug Administration:
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Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Why J.T. Realmuto's contract extension with the Phillies might take some time  —  SCOTTSDALE, Arizona — The Phillies went into this offseason prioritizing a contract extension for All-Star catcher J.T. Realmuto.  —  Even as the Phils pursue pitching and possibly a third baseman …
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Jim Salisbury / NBCSports.com:
Phillies touch base with agent Scott Boras on Mike Moustakas and free-agent pitchers
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.
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Steve Adams / MLB Trade Rumors:
Pirates To Name Ben Cherington General Manager  —  Former Red Sox general manager and current Blue Jays senior vice president of baseball operations Ben Cherington has accepted an offer to become the next GM of the Pirates, Jason Mackey of the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports (via Twitter).
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) …
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 …
Gabriel Burns / Atlanta Journal-Constitution:
Alex Anthopoulos assesses Braves' rotation, bullpen  —  The Braves' offseason shopping list includes retaining third baseman Josh Donaldson (or replacing him), adding another catcher and upgrading their rotation.  They have no shortage of opportunities to do the latter.
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