Indians sign Elliot Johnson

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Elliot Johnson, who split last season between the Braves and Royals, has agreed to a minor-league contract with the Indians.

Johnson has logged 181, 331, and 275 plate appearances during the past three seasons and brings a lot of defensive versatility and speed to the table in a utility man role, but he’s a career .218 hitter with 12 homers and a .592 OPS in 311 games.

He’s one of the 10 worst active hitters in baseball, but the 30-year-old switch-hitter will compete for a bench gig in spring training.

Cody Bellinger named NLCS MVP

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Following a dominant 5-1 win to clinch the National League Championship Series on Saturday night, the Dodgers named outfielder Cody Bellinger their MVP of the series.

Bellinger, 23, made noise when it mattered. Entering Saturday’s game, he carried a meager .190/.227/.238 batting line with just four hits and two RBI, but his hits in Games 4 and 7 became the difference-makers the Dodgers needed to keep pace with the Brewers and clinch the NL pennant. In Game 4, it was Bellinger’s 13th-inning base hit off of Junior Guerra that put the Dodgers over the top for the walk-off 2-1 win. The outfielder returned to put the finishing touches on the series with a go-ahead home run — his first of the postseason — in the second inning of Game 7.

Bellinger wrapped his second season in the Dodgers’ organization in 2018, slashing .260/.343/.470 with 25 home runs, an .814 OPS, and 3.6 fWAR across 632 PA and all 162 games. He’s the youngest Dodgers player to receive the award to date.