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  • Jeff Mathis C | ARI

    Rangers' Jeff Mathis: Inks deal with Texas

    Mathis has agreed to a two-year contract with the Rangers, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports.

    Mathis spent the last two seasons with the Diamondbacks, although he appeared in just 129 games over that span. He's certainly experienced struggles at the dish of late (.200/.272/.272 slash line last season) but adds value behind the plate. Mathis figures to have shot to win the backup job behind Isiah Kiner-Falefa in spring training.

  • Mookie Betts RF | BOS

    Red Sox's Mookie Betts: Named AL MVP

    Betts was named the 2018 American League Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

    The awards keep piling up for Betts, who was also honored with a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger for his stellar 2018 campaign. The 26-year-old was incredible across the board for the World Series champs, joining the 30-30 club (32 homers, 30 stolen bases) while leading the majors in batting average (.346), slugging percentage (.640) and runs scored (129). Betts has solidified himself as one of the bonafide five-tool superstars in the league.

  • Brewers' Christian Yelich: Brings home NL MVP honors

    Yelich was named the 2018 National League Most Valuable Player on Thursday.

    Yelich, who received all but one first-place vote, was deservedly rewarded for his breakout season in 2018. In his first year with the Brewers, the 26-year-old led the National League in batting average (.326) and OPS (1.000) while also notching personal bests in homers (36), stolen bases (22), RBI (110) and runs scored (118). An impressive stretch run -- during which he hit .370/.508/.804 with 10 homers, 34 RBI, seven stolen bases and a 16:24 K:BB in September (27 games) -- ultimately helped Yelich beat out NL Central-rival Javy Baez for the award (while also helping the Brewers reach the NLCS).

  • Ryan O'Rourke RP | BAL

    Mets' Ryan O'Rourke: Inks minor-league deal with Mets

    O'Rourke signed a minor-league contract with the Mets on Thursday.

    The deal includes an invitation to spring training. O'Rourke was limited to just 14.1 innings across four minor-league levels in 2018 while working his way back from Tommy John surgery. The veteran left-hander last pitched in the majors for the Twins in 2016, when he posted a 3.96 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 24:10 K:BB across 25.0 innings of relief.

  • Jacob deGrom SP | NYM

    Mets' Jacob deGrom: Brings home NL Cy Young

    DeGrom won the 2018 National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday.

    As expected, deGrom ran away with the award, receiving 29 of 30 first-place votes after leading the majors with a ridiculous 1.70 ERA across 32 starts (217 innings). The 30-year-old finished with the fewest wins ever (10) for a Cy Young Award-winning starter.

  • Rangers' Walker Weickel: Inks minors deal with Rangers

    Weickel signed a minor-league contract with the Rangers on Wednesday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.

    Weickel spent the majority of the 2018 season repeating High-A, posting a 4.92 ERA and 1.33 WHIP across 19 starts (100.2 innings) for the Down East Wood Ducks before earning a promotion to Double-A Frisco. The 25-year-old posted a 3.46 ERA, 1.69 WHIP and 6:4 K:BB in 13 innings during his first taste of Double-A.

  • Blake Snell SP | TB

    Rays' Blake Snell: Captures AL Cy Young

    Snell won the 2018 American League Cy Young Award on Wednesday.

    Despite pitching just 180.2 innings -- the fewest ever from a Cy Young Award-winning starting pitcher -- Snell narrowly beat out Justin Verlander to win the award for the first time in his career. The lefty put together an impressive breakout campaign in 2018, finishing with a league-best 21 wins (and just five losses), while posting a 1.89 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, 11.0 K/9 and 3.2 BB/9 across 31 starts.

  • Joe Hudson C | LAA

    Cardinals' Joe Hudson: Signs with Cardinals

    Hudson inked a minor-league contract with St. Louis on Tuesday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.

    Hudson made his major-league debut in 2018, playing in eight games for the Angels after spending a majority of the campaign at the Triple-A level. In just 12 plate appearances with Los Angeles, he went 2-for-12 with a double and one RBI. The 27-year-old will serve as additional catching depth in the Cardinals' system heading into next season.

  • Erik Gonzalez 2B | CLE

    Pirates' Erik Gonzalez: Dealt to Pittsburgh

    The Indians traded Gonzalez, Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza to Pittsburgh on Wednesday for Jordan Luplow and Max Moroff.

    Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington released a statement calling Gonzalez a "quality option to play shortstop or in the middle of our infield this year and into the future," in the minutes following Wednesday's five-player deal. Gonzalez typically served as a second or third baseman for Cleveland over the past couple years -- since the team had little need for him at shortstop due to Francisco Lindor's presence -- seeing most of his opportunities when one of the Indians' regulars required a DL stint. Across 81 games this past year, he hit .265/.301/.375 with one home run, 16 RBI and three stolen bases in 136 at-bats.

  • Max Moroff 2B | PIT

    Indians' Max Moroff: Sent to Indians

    The Pirates traded Moroff and Jordan Luplow to the Indians on Wednesday in exchange for Erik Gonzalez, Tahnaj Thomas and Dante Mendoza.

    Moroff spent most of the 2018 campaign at Triple-A Indianapolis, hitting .223/.334/.393 with eight home runs and 38 RBI in 74 games. He had a couple stints with the Pirates' big-league club but failed to cement any sort of significant role with the team, instead serving as organizational depth around the infield. Expect to see the 25-year-old utilized in the same manner with Cleveland in 2019.

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