Angels release former first-round pick Trevor Bell

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Trevor Bell logged 95 innings for the Angels between 2010 and 2011, posting a decent 4.25 ERA and 62/31 K/BB ratio, but the 2005 first-round pick fell apart at Triple-A this season and yesterday he was released.

Bell is still just 25 years old, so the fact that he cleared waivers without being claimed shows how far his stock has fallen in a short time. And rightfully so, as he made 10 starts at Triple-A with an 8.27 ERA, more walks (24) than strikeouts (19), and seven homers allowed in 37 innings.

He should have no trouble securing a minor-league contract somewhere, but will have to work his way back to the majors without a 40-man roster spot and there’s reason to wonder if Bell is healthy after some past shoulder problems.

Jackie Bradley, Jr. named ALCS MVP

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Red Sox outfielder Jackie Bradley, Jr. was named the Most Valuable Player of the American League Championship Series after his club punched its ticket to the World Series on Thursday night against the Astros.

Coincidentally, the Astros’ Game 5 starter Justin Verlander was ALCS MVP last year en route to a championship.

Bradley went 0-for-3 with a walk in Thursday’s Game 5, but he hit a three-run double in Game 2, a grand slam in Game 3, and a go-ahead two-run home run in Game 4. That’s nine RBI and three extra-base hits across five games. He also drew four walks.

Though Bradley had a solid regular season, he was not near the top of the list most people would’ve expected to win ALCS MVP heading into the series. During the season, he hit .234/.314/.403 with 13 home runs, 59 RBI, 76 runs scored, and 17 stolen bases in 535 plate appearances.