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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton highlight 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners

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Awards season continues with the 2017 Silver Slugger Awards handed out on Thursday evening. Here are your winners:

American League

  • C: Gary Sanchez (Yankees), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • 1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • 2B: Jose Altuve (Astros), fourth career Silver Slugger Award (fourth consecutive)
  • 3B: Jose Ramirez (Indians), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • SS: Francisco Lindor (Indians), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Aaron Judge (Yankees), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Justin Upton (Angels), third career Silver Slugger Award
  • OFGeorge Springer (Astros), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • DH: Nelson Cruz (Mariners), second career Silver Slugger Award

Mike Trout deserved his sixth career Silver Slugger Award, but he missed some time with injury during the season and only played in 114 games. That likely explains why he was left out.

National League

  • C: Buster Posey (Giants), fourth career Silver Slugger Award
  • 1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), third career Silver Slugger Award
  • 2B: Daniel Murphy (Nationals), second career Silver Slugger Award
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado (Rockies), third career Silver Slugger Award (third consecutive)
  • SS: Corey Seager (Dodgers), second career Silver Slugger Award (second consecutive)
  • OF: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins), second career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Marcell Ozuna (Marlins), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), second career Silver Slugger Award (second consecutive)
  • P: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals), first career Silver Slugger Award

Like Trout, Freddie Freeman was a deserving Silver Slugger Award candidate, but he was likely discounted due to missing time during the season with an injury. He played in only 117 games.

A couple of Reds players were snubbed. Joey Votto‘s rate stats compare favorably to Goldschmidt’s, as do Zack Cozart‘s to Seager’s. The winners had slight edges in some counting stats, but RBI and runs scored are dependent on the players’ teammates. It’s disappointing that managers and coaches, who vote on the Silver Slugger Awards, still place so much importance on them.

  • Votto: .320/.454/.578, 36 HR, 100 RBI, 106 R
  • Goldschmidt: .297/.404/.563, 36 HR, 120 RBI, 117 R
  • Cozart: .297/.385/.548, 24 HR, 63 RBI, 80 R
  • Seager: .295/.375/.479, 22 HR, 77 RBI, 85 R

Votto how now been in the league 11 years and has not won a single Silver Slugger Award.

Report: Twins sign Erick Aybar to minor-league deal

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The Twins have reportedly signed free agent shortstop Erick Aybar to a minor-league deal, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune reported Friday. FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman adds that the deal comes with a potential $1.25 million if Aybar reaches the majors, with additional incentives based on plate appearances. He’ll be able to opt out on March 27. The team has yet to confirm the signing.

Aybar, 34, is now four years removed from his career year in 2014. He’s been in a state of steady decline since then, slashing just .234/.300/.348 with seven home runs and 11 stolen bases over 370 plate appearances for the Padres in 2017. His poor performance wasn’t helped by a fractured left foot, either, which cost him almost six weeks on the disabled list.

Still, the Twins see something promising in the veteran infielder, and reportedly intend to use him as another utility option this spring. Per Neal, Aybar will join fellow backup infielders Eduardo Escobar and Ehire Adrianza and may even (temporarily) take over for Miguel Sano at third base if Sano isn’t able to shape up for the role by Opening Day.