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BBWAA awards finalists announced

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Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for various awards given by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Here they are.

American League Rookie of the Year

National League Rookie of the Year

American League Manager of the Year

  • Terry Francona (Indians)
  • A.J. Hinch (Astros)
  • Paul Molitor (Twins)

National League Manager of the Year

  • Bud Black (Rockies)
  • Torey Lovullo (Diamondbacks)
  • Dave Roberts (Dodgers)

American League Cy Young

National League Cy Young

American League Most Valuable Player

  • 2B Jose Altuve (Astros)
  • OF Aaron Judge (Yankees)
  • 3B Jose Ramirez (Indians)

National League Most Valuable Player

The schedule for awards announcements:

  • Nov. 7: Rawlings Gold Gloves
  • Nov. 9: Louisville Silver Sluggers
  • Nov. 10: Wilson Defensive Players of the Year
  • Nov. 13: Rookies of the Year
  • Nov. 14: Managers of the Year
  • Nov. 15: Cy Youngs
  • Nov. 16: MVPs

Remember that voting for these awards was completed before the start of the playoffs. So, for example, the Astros winning the World Series won’t impact Hinch’s chances of winning the AL Manager of the Year Award.

Report: Diamondbacks acquire Steven Souza from Rays in part of three-team deal

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Update (6:35 PM ET): This is a three-team deal also involving the Diamondbacks, per Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic. The Diamondbacks will receive outfielder Steven Souza from the Rays and second baseman Brandon Drury will head to the Yankees. Lefty reliever Anthony Banda will go to the Rays, Piecoro adds. The Diamondbacks will also receive prospect Taylor Widener from the Yankees, per Joel Sherman of the New York Post. MLB.com’s Steve Gilbert adds that the Rays will get two players to be named later from the D-Backs.

Souza, 28, is earning $3.55 million in his first of three years of arbitration eligibility, so the Rays are presumably saving money in moving him. Last season, Souza hit a productive .239/.351/.459 with 30 home runs, 78 RBI, 78 runs scored, and 16 stolen bases in 617 plate appearances. Souza’s arrival almost certainly pushes Yasmany Tomas out of a starting gig.

Drury, 25, has played a handful of positions in his brief major league career. Last year, he played second base in Arizona, batting .267/.317/.447 with 13 home runs and 63 RBI in 480 PA.

Banda, 24, made his major league debut last season, posting an ugly 5.96 ERA with a 25/10 K/BB ratio in 25 2/3 innings. The peripherals suggest he pitched better than his ERA indicated.

Widener, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the 12th round of the 2016 draft. This past season with High-A Tampa, he pitched 119 1/3 innings and posted a 3.39 ERA with a 129/50 K/BB ratio. MLB Pipeline rated Widener as the 14th-best prospect in the Yankees’ system.

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Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports that the Rays will acquire second base prospect Nick Solak from the Yankees. The Yankees’ return is presently not known.

Solak, 23, was selected by the Yankees in the second round of the 2016 draft. He spent last season between High-A Tampa and Double-A Trenton, hitting a combined .297/.384/.452 with 12 home runs, 53 RBI, 72 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases.

MLB Pipeline ranked Solak as the eighth-best prospect in the Yankees’ system and the fifth-best second base prospect in baseball, praising him for his ability to hit line drives as well as his speed.