The Silver Slugger Awards are announced

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This year’s Silver Slugger Award winners are being unveiled tonight during a one-hour special on MLB Network.

The Silver Slugger Award is given annually to the best offensive player at each position in the American League and National League and is voted on by coaches and managers. We’ll run the winners down here as they are announced.

American League

Third base: Miguel Cabrera, Tigers

Outfield: Mike Trout, Angels; Josh Hamilton, Rangers; Josh Willingham, Twins

Catcher: A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox

First base: Prince Fielder, Tigers

Shortstop: Derek Jeter, Yankees

Second base: Robinson Cano, Yankees

Designated hitter: Billy Butler, Royals

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National League

Third base: Chase Headley, Padres

Outfield: Andrew McCutchen, Pirates; Jay Bruce, Reds; Ryan Braun, Brewers

Catcher: Buster Posey, Giants

First base: Adam LaRoche, Nationals

Shortstop: Ian Desmond, Nationals

Second base: Aaron Hill, Diamondbacks

Pitcher: Stephen Strasburg, Nationals

Report: Yankees, Reds finalizing trade for Sonny Gray

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Barring physicals and roster reshuffling, the Yankees and Reds are all but ready to finalize a deal involving right-hander Sonny Gray, Fancred’s Jon Heyman reported Saturday. The exact return has not been confirmed, but Heyman hears that the Yankees will receive top infield prospect Shed Long and a draft pick in exchange for Gray, with an as-yet unnamed third player possibly involved as well.

According to several reports earlier in the day, negotiations came down to the wire as the Yankees first had their eye on the Reds’ no. 6 prospect, 22-year-old catcher Tyler Stephenson. The Reds ultimately elected to hang on to Stephenson and send Long to New York, as they currently have a greater need for catching depth and weren’t expected to be able to provide a full-time role for the infielder in 2019. Long, 23, is ranked seventh in the Reds’ system and appears to be nearing his MLB debut after batting .261/.353/.412 with 12 homers and a .765 OPS across 522 PA at Double-A Pensacola last year.

Gray figures to step into a prominent role within the Reds’ rotation, which is likely to be a mix of recently-acquired left-hander Alex Wood and right-handers Tanner Roark, Luis Castillo, Anthony DeSclafani, and Tyler Mahle, among several others. Despite Gray’s struggle to remain productive on the mound — he’s three years removed from his only All-Star campaign and turned in a disappointing 4.90 ERA and 2.16 SO/BB rate in 2018 — he might yet help stabilize a team that trotted out the fifth-worst rotation in the majors last season. If, on the other hand, the veteran righty finds the hitter-friendly confines of Great American Ball Park a little too unforgiving this year, the Reds can take some comfort in the fact that he’s due to enter free agency in 2020.