Touring MLB’s 2011 leaderboards: the hitters

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American League

Batting average
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .344
2. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .338
3. Michael Young (Tex): .338

Home runs
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): 43
2. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 41
3. Mark Teixeira (NYY): 39

RBI
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 119
2. Robinson Cano (NYY): 118
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): 117

Runs
1. Curtis Granderson (NYY): 136
2. Ian Kinsler (Tex): 121
3. Jacoby Ellsbury (Bos): 119

Steals
1. Coco Crisp (Oak): 49
1. Brett Gardner (NYY): 49
3. Ichiro Suzuki (Sea): 40

OBP
1. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .448
2. Jose Bautista (Tor): .447
3. Adrian Gonzalez (Bos): .410

Slugging percentage
1. Jose Bautista (Tor): .608
2. Miguel Cabrera (Det): .586
3. Adrian Beltre (Tex): .561

National League

Batting average
1. Jose Reyes (NYM): .337
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): .332
3. Matt Kemp (LAD): .324

Home runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 39
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 38
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 37

RBI
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 126
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): 120
3. Ryan Howard (Phi): 116

Runs
1. Matt Kemp (LAD): 115
2. Ryan Braun (Mil): 109
3. Albert Pujols (StL): 105
3. Justin Upton (Ari): 105

Steals
1. Michael Bourn (Hou-Atl): 61
2. Emilio Bonifacio (Fla): 40
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): 40
2. Cameron Maybin (SDP): 40
2. Drew Stubbs (Cin): 40

OBP
1. Joey Votto (Cin): .416
2. Prince Fielder (Mil): .415
3. Lance Berkman (StL): .412

Slugging percentage
1. Ryan Braun (Mil): .597
2. Matt Kemp (LAD): .586
3. Prince Fielder (Mil): .566

Astros talking to Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole about extensions

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It’s extension season and Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Astros — who already agreed to an extension with Alex Bregman — are discussing contract extensions with Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.

Funny thing about Verlander, by the way: when he got his current $180 million deal, most people fell into the “oh, there’s an overpay!” column. What’s more, this past winter, when everyone was talking about how bad it is to give guys big long term deals, Verlander’s name was notably absent in the conversation despite the fact that his deal has turned out to be quite good. I suppose that says something about how good the anti-long-term deal folks are at cherrypicking.

That being said, Rosenthal says “it would be an upset” if either Verlander or Cole signed extensions. I can see that. Verlander is locked up this year and has a vesting option for 2020, and a lot can happen in a year or two. Cole is a Scott Boras client and Boras clients tend to hit the market rather than sign extensions. Perhaps their former teammate, Dallas Keuchel‘s, terrible experience on the free agent market this winter will alter that calculus. Hard to say.