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11:50 PM ET, November 19, 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.
Mike Puma / New York Post:
Mets believe Jacob deGrom prefers to stay if contracts are similar  —  A tie — or close to it — goes to the Mets.  —  That, at least, is the organizational belief as Mets brass consider Jacob deGrom and whether the ace right-hander will return next season.
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Will Sammon / The Athletic:
Mets meet with Kodai Senga, the Japanese star with a big fastball, ‘nasty’ splitter  —  The Mets recently had their anticipated meeting with Japanese star free-agent starting pitcher Kodai Senga in New York and it went well, industry sources said.  —  Several scouts and executives say Senga …
Alex Speier / The Boston Globe:
J.D. Martinez and other big hitters pulling for the return of opposite-field success  —  Want to find a power hitter this offseason?  Good luck.  —  Several longtime power hitters found in 2022 that blasts that customarily landed several rows into the stands instead expired well shy of the wall.
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.
Gabe Lacques / USA Today:
From MVP to cut free: Dodgers release Cody Bellinger, just three years after he won NL MVP  —  Cody Bellinger is just 27 years old and ostensibly entering his athletic prime.  Yet suddenly, he's no longer a Los Angeles Dodger, just three years after he was the National League's Most Valuable Player.
Alden Gonzalez / ESPN:
Los Angeles Angels acquire 3B Gio Urshela from Twins  —  The Los Angeles Angels acquired veteran infielder Gio Urshela from the Minnesota Twins on Friday, a move that helps the team's desire to add more major league-quality depth to its roster.  The Twins received 19-year-old starting pitcher Alejandro Hidalgo in exchange.
Joel Sherman / New York Post:
Aaron Judge megadeal?  Star shortstop splurge?  Going young in 2023?  Inside the Yankees' offseason alternatives  —  Here in this little sliver of the world we are not a hostage to format.  This might be 3Up, but I think there are four big-picture ways this offseason can play out for the Yankees:
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.
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Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Marlins' Sandy Alcantara rolls to unanimous victory in Cy Young race
Jeff Fletcher / BBWAA:
Astros' Justin Verlander wins his third AL Cy Young
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.
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.
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 …
 
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