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8:50 PM ET, November 17, 2022

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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Marlins' Sandy Alcantara rolls to unanimous victory in Cy Young race  —  Marlins' right-hander Sandy Alcantara won the National League Cy Young Award unanimously, the 15th time a pitcher in the NL has swept the voting.  —  Alcantara joins a list featuring Sandy Koufax three times (1963 …
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Astros' Justin Verlander wins his third AL Cy Young  —  Astros' right-hander Justin Verlander was a unanimous selection for the American League Cy Young Award, making him the 11th pitcher to win the award at least three times.  —  Roger Clemens holds the record with seven (six in the American League, one in the National League).
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Justin Verlander wins third AL Cy Young by unanimous vote  —  Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander won his third American League Cy Young Award on Thursday, joining a distinguished club with fewer than a dozen members throughout baseball history.  He did so unanimously.
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Paul Goldschmidt wins the 18th MVP in Cardinals' history, most in the National League  —  First baseman Paul Goldschmidt was named the 2022 National League MVP, giving the Cardinals a league record 18 winners.  —  St. Louis' total of MVP winners is second only to the New York Yankees' 20 in the American League.
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Kris Willis / Battery Power:
Paul Goldschmidt wins MVP Award, Austin Riley finishes sixth  —  Dansby Swanson and Michael Harris also received votes.  —  BBWAA Awards week wrapped up Thursday with the announcement of the 2022 MVP Awards.  Paul Goldschmidt took home the award for the National League, but a trio of Atlanta Braves players received votes.
Ken Rosenthal / The Athletic:
MLB investigating whether Mets, Yankees communicated improperly about Aaron Judge: Sources  —  Major League Baseball is investigating whether comments attributed to Mets sources about the team's reluctance to pursue free-agent outfielder Aaron Judge constitute a violation of baseball's collective bargaining agreement.
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Outfielder Aaron Judge adds another MVP Award to Yankees' collection  —  Yankees' outfielder Aaron Judge picked up 28 of 30 votes on his way to winning the American League MVP Award.  —  This marks the 21st time that a Yankees player has been honored, the most MVP Awards overall for one club in BBWAA voting dating to 1931.
The Athletic:
Cubs add 4 prospects to 40-man roster, Willson Contreras rejects qualifying offer  —  Two deadlines converged Tuesday in a way that illustrated where the Chicago Cubs are in their rebuilding cycle.  As anticipated, Willson Contreras declined the one-year, $19.65 million qualifying offer …
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Aaron Judge record HR ball heading to auction after $3M offer declined  —  Aaron Judge's record-setting 62nd home run ball is headed to auction later this month, with the attorney for the Texas man who caught it telling ESPN he already turned down a $3 million offer for the prize snagged Oct. 4 at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas.
Michael Silverman / The Boston Globe:
Red Sox have sweetened their offers to Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers  —  NEW YORK — All significant Red Sox transactions reach ownership level eventually.  —  Fitting, then, that Red Sox CEO and president Sam Kennedy chose to elaborate on the critical topics of Xander Bogaerts …
Brian McTaggart / MLB.com:
Astros' owner: GM search could last into '23  —  HOUSTON — Astros owner Jim Crane is putting together a preliminary list of candidates to become the club's next general manager, but he doesn't expect the position to be filled before the start of the new year.
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Jeff Passan / ESPN:
Inside the champion Astros' behind-the-scenes turmoil
Ira Winderman / Sun-Sentinel:
Shorthanded Heat drop below .500 with 112-104 loss in Toronto  —  TORONTO — The other side of .500 will have to wait at least until Sunday night, against the emerging Cleveland Cavaliers.  —  Because prosperity has proven to have its limits so far this season for the Miami Heat.
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Mets' Buck Showalter wins Manager of the Year for the fourth time, with four different teams  —  Mets' manager Buck Showalter won the National League Manager of the Year, the first time he'd won in the NL after winning three times in the American League.  —  His previous victories were in 1994 …
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Kris Willis / Battery Power:
BBWAA Awards Roundtable: Who will win Manager of the Year?
Ryan Lewis / USA Today:
Guardians manager Terry Francona named American League Manager of the Year
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Yankees could make star shortstop their Aaron Judge backup plan  —  While the Yankees are said to feel somewhat better about their chances to re-sign top target Aaron Judge, there are no guarantees in free agency and they are staying busy on multiple fronts.
 
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