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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 …
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Shohei Ohtani of Los Angeles Angels unanimously wins AL MVP  —  Shohei Ohtani, coming off a largely unprecedented 2021 season, was crowned the American League's Most Valuable Player unanimously on Thursday night, cementing the two-way superstar as a global sensation.
Discussion: BaltimoreBaseball.com
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 …
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
Discussion: MLB | NBC Sports
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
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 …
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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.
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
Discussion: Sports Illustrated
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 …
Associated Press:
New York Mets announce Billy Eppler as new GM on 4-year contract  —  NEW YORK — The New York Mets finally found a general manager, hiring Billy Eppler in a move announced Thursday night following their long and ridiculed search.  —  Eppler was fired as GM of the Los Angeles Angels a little …
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 Fletcher / BBWAA:
Rays' Kevin Cash wins back-to-back Manager of the Year honors, a first in the AL  —  Kevin Cash of the Rays was named American League Manager of the Year, making him the first in the AL to win the award in consecutive seasons.  —  Bobby Cox won the award in consecutive seasons with the Braves, in the National League, in 2004 and 2005.
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