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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Blue Jays' Robbie Ray wins AL Cy Young Award  —  Robbie Ray was elected as the American League Cy Young Award winner, the fifth time a Toronto pitcher has won.  —  Other Blue Jays winners were Pat Hentgen in 1996, Roger Clemens in 1997 and '98 and Roy Halladay in 2003.
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Brewers' Corbin Burnes wins tight Cy Young race  —  Milwaukee Brewers' right-hander Corbin Burnes narrowly edged the Philadelphia Phillies' Zack Wheeler to win the National League Cy Young Award.  —  The 10-point margin of victory is the closest in the National League and tied …
ESPN:
Sources: Houston Astros keep ace Justin Verlander with one-year, $25 million deal
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Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray wins American League Cy Young Award
ESPN:
Source: Toronto Blue Jays, right-hander Jose Berrios reach 7-year, $131 million extension
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Angels' Shohei Ohtani wins AL MVP unanimously  —  Shohei Ohtani, who starred as a hitter and pitcher for the Los Angeles Angels, won the American League MVP Award unanimously, becoming the 11th player to sweep the voting in the AL.  —  The other unanimous winners in the AL: Hank Greenberg …
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Phillies' Bryce Harper wins his 2nd MVP  —  Philadelphia Phillies outfielder Bryce Harper was named the National League MVP, the second time he has won the award.  Harper won in 2015 with the Washington Nationals.  —  It marks the eighth time a Phillies player has won the award …
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Phillies slugger Bryce Harper claims second NL MVP award  —  For the second time in his major league career, Bryce Harper has been named the National League's Most Valuable Player.  —  Harper collected 17 of 30 first-place votes to edge Juan Soto of the Washington Nationals and Fernando Tatis Jr …
Matthew Roberson / New York Daily News:
Yankees prefer to sign stopgap at shortstop over star free agent, sources say  —  The MLB offseason has been dominated by speculation.  —  Speculation about the impending lockout, speculation about labor issues affecting free agency signings, and especially, speculation about where the top shortstops on the market will land.
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Juan Toribio / MLB.com:
Seager, Taylor both reject qualifying offer  —  LOS ANGELES — As expected, shortstop Corey Seager and super utility man Chris Taylor have officially rejected the Dodgers' $18.4 million qualifying offer before Wednesday's deadline.  —  Though Seager and Taylor are now officially …
Discussion: NBCSports.com and BoSox Injection
Jeff Passan / ESPN:   New York Yankees' Hal Steinbrenner talks free agency, praises Aaron Boone, Brian Cashman
Ken Davidoff / New York Post:
Hal Steinbrenner addresses Aaron Judge question looming over Yankees
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Commissioner Rob Manfred says lockout could move MLB collective bargaining agreement talks forward  —  CHICAGO — Major League Baseball owners have not yet decided to lock out players if there is no new labor deal after the Dec. 1 expiration of the current one, commissioner Rob Manfred said Thursday …
Rick Stroud / Tampa Bay Times:
Bucs' Antonio Brown accused of obtaining fake vaccine card  —  A former live-in chef also says Brown, who missed one game this season after testing positive for COVID, owes him $10,000.  —  Updated Just now  —  TAMPA — Bucs receiver Antonio Brown obtained a fake COVID-19 vaccination card …
Detroit Free Press:
Michigan State working on historic 10-year, $95 million contract extension for Mel Tucker  —  Chris Solari David JesseDetroit Free Press  —  If all goes as planned, Mel Tucker will become the highest-paid coach in the Big Ten. And Michigan State will make a major show of strength that it plans …
Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Noah Syndergaard, Los Angeles Angels reach 1-year, $21 million deal  —  Right-hander Noah Syndergaard and the Los Angeles Angels have agreed to a one-year, $21 million deal, pending a physical, sources told ESPN on Tuesday.  —  Syndergaard, 29, spent the first seven seasons of his career …
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Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
New York Mets' search for new GM set to land on Billy Eppler, sources say
Wall Street Journal:
Boston Red Sox Owner Fenway Sports in Talks to Buy Pittsburgh Penguins  —  Deal for the NHL franchise could be finalized later this week  —  Fenway Sports Group LLC, the holding company that owns the Boston Red Sox, is in advanced talks to buy the Pittsburgh Penguins hockey team, according to people familiar with the matter.
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Gabe Kapler wins NL Manager of the Year after leading Giants to 107 victories  —  Gabe Kapler, who guided the Giants to a franchise-record 107 victories, was named National League Manager of the Year.  Kapler jumped from eighth place on the 2020 ballot to the top spot in 2021.
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