Angels outfielder Mike Trout was named the 2016 American League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He’s the first Angel to win the award since… himself, two years ago. Trout now has four consecutive top-two AL MVP finishes in the last five years.
Trout, 25, had another outstanding year, leading the majors with 123 runs scored, 116 walks, a .441 on-base percentage, and a 174 adjusted OPS (OPS+). He also hit .315 with a .550 slugging percentage, 29 home runs, 100 RBI, and 30 stolen bases in 681 plate appearances. His 10.6 WAR, via Baseball Reference, was also by far the best mark in baseball.
Trout received 19 of 30 first-place votes. Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts finished in second place followed by Astros second baseman Jose Altuve. Blue Jays Josh Donaldson wasn’t far behind followed by Orioles third baseman Manny Machado and Red Sox DH David Ortiz.
Update (6:05 PM EST): It’s a four-year, $52 million deal, per Passan.
The Astros aren’t done. After acquiring catcher Brian McCann from the Yankees, the Astros have signed free agent outfielder Josh Reddick to a contract, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports. The deal is expected to exceed $50 million in total.
Reddick, 29, started the 2016 season with the Athletics but was sent to the Dodgers ahead of the August 1 non-waiver trade deadline along with starter Rich Hill. Reddick had an .816 OPS with the A’s but could only muster a .643 OPS with the Dodgers.
With Colby Rasmus, Luis Valbuena, and Jason Castro departing to free agency, the Astros were in need of left-handed bats and addressed it on Thursday with McCann and Reddick.
Update (5:32 PM EST): The Yankees are paying $5.5 million of McCann’s $17 million annual salary over the next two seasons, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports.
The Astros announced the club has acquired catcher Brian McCann and cash considerations from the Yankees in exchange for minor league pitchers Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman.
It’s been no secret that the Yankees were interested in trading McCann after catching prospect Gary Sanchez broke out August and September this past season. McCann, 32, is still useful as he hit .242/.335/.413 with 20 home runs and 58 RBI in 492 plate appearances. The veteran backstop gives the Astros a No. 1 catcher ahead of Max Stassi and Evan Gattis.
McCann has two years and $34 million remaining on his contract along with a $15 million club option for the 2019 season.
Abreu, 21, was rated the Astros’ seventh-best prospect by MLB Pipeline. He spent the past season between Single-A Quad Cities and High-A Lancaster, putting up an aggregate 4.16 ERA with a 115/58 K/BB ratio in 101 2/3 innings between 16 starts and eight relief appearances.
Guzman, 20, was not in the Astros’ top-30 according to MLB Pipeline. The right-hander spent the past season in rookie ball in the Gulf Coast League and the Appalachian League, compiling an aggregate 4.05 ERA and a 54/17 K/BB ratio in 40 innings.