Andrew McCutchen may play the game the right way, but voters so far want to see Yasiel Puig. The reigning MVP is down to fourth in the outfield voting which kinda stinks because McCutchen is awesome, but with democracy you take the good with the bad and having Puig in a starting slot is good. Charlie Blackmon is a lot of fun this year, but let’s swap him out for Cutch and then everyone’s happy, yes?
In other news, Ryan Braun took a big tumble, so all pearl-clutching energy can be focused on the American League for now.
The results to date:
The Red Sox have re-signed first baseman Mitch Moreland to a two-year contract, the club announced on Monday. According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, the total value of the deal is $13 million and Moreland can earn more through performance incentives.
Moreland, 32, hit .246/.326/.443 with 22 home runs and 79 RBI in 576 plate appearances with the Red Sox in 2017. With Moreland back in the fold, the Red Sox are out of the running for free agent Eric Hosmer.
While Moreland doesn’t have the best bat among first basemen, he plays good defense. His return also means the Red Sox can safely stow Hanley Ramirez back in the DH role.