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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.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Philadelphia Phillies superstar Bryce Harper captures second career MVP  —  Bryce Harper claimed his second Most Valuable Player Award on Thursday, edging out Juan Soto, Fernando Tatis Jr. and several others in what seemingly became a wide open race in the National League.
Steve Gardner / USA Today:
Phillies slugger Bryce Harper claims second NL MVP award
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 …
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Evan Drellich / The Athletic:
Rob Manfred says offseason MLB lockout different than one that cancels games; ‘Time is becoming an issue’  —  CHICAGO — With Major League Baseball potentially two weeks away from its first work stoppage in 26 years, commissioner Rob Manfred on Thursday drew a distinction between a work stoppage …
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
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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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ESPN:
Sources: Houston Astros keep ace Justin Verlander with one-year, $25 million deal
Jesse Yomtov / USA Today:
Blue Jays lefty Robbie Ray wins American League Cy Young Award
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 …
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Dennis Young / New York Daily News:
Ex-Jets RB Zac Stacy on the run after video shows him violently assaulting ex-girlfriend  —  Zac Stacy, a former Jets running back, violently assaulted his ex-girlfriend on Saturday, punching her in the head and then throwing her against a television and their son's chair.
Josh Norris / Baseball America:
Leases No More: MLB Teams Now Responsible for Minor League Housing  —  In September, owners approved a policy in which teams would be required to provide housing for all of their minor league players.  On Thursday, a memo was sent to general managers, assistant general managers and farm directors outlining the details of that policy.
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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 …
Sam Dean / Los Angeles Times:
Goodbye, Staples Center.  Hello, Crypto.com Arena  —  Staples Center is getting a new name for Christmas: Crypto.com Arena.  —  The downtown Los Angeles venue — home of the Lakers, Clippers, Kings and Sparks — will wear the new name for 20 years under a deal between the Singapore cryptocurrency exchange …
 
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