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2:55 PM ET, November 18, 2022

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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.
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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.
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.
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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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:
Astros' Justin Verlander wins his third AL Cy Young
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.
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.
Jon Heyman / New York Post:
Premium starters seek premium MLB free agency prices  —  Prices are up for premium starters.  Jacob deGrom is said by one GM to be seeking $40 million-plus.  “He'll get it, he's the best,” that GM said.  —  Carlos Rodon is said to be seeking $35M-plus following his year in San Fran.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
New York Yankees' Aaron Judge wins AL MVP after record-setting season  —  Perhaps it was a closing act.  More likely, it was mere prelude.  Either way, Aaron Judge received the ultimate reward for one of the greatest seasons in New York Yankees history.  —  Playing under the weight …
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 …
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 …
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:
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