Braves are leaning towards bringing back Kris Medlen

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Kris Medlen won’t be ready to pitch when the 2015 season begins as he’ll still be working his way back from Tommy John surgery, but the Braves are still leaning towards bringing him back, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. The nearly $6 million Medlen is projected to earn through arbitration is too expensive for the Braves given his injury, but they would be interested in a reduced contract with incentives.

Medlen, 29, had a fantastic 2013 season, finishing with a 3.11 ERA and a 157/47 K/BB ratio in 197 innings. His return could be one way the Braves deal with the expected loss of Ervin Santana, to whom the club has made a $15.3 million qualifying offer. The Braves could also bring back Brandon Beachy, who is also coming back from Tommy John surgery and is also arbitration-eligible.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

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The Baseball Writers Association of America voted Angels outfielder Mike Trout the Most Valuable Player in the American League for the 2019 season. He received 17 of 30 first-place votes, earning the third AL MVP Award of his career.

Trout, 28, missed the final three weeks of the season due to a foot injury, but his numbers were still strong enough to overcome the competition. He led the majors with a .438 on-base percentage and a 185 adjusted OPS, and led the AL with a .645 slugging percentage and 1.083 OPS. He also slugged 45 home runs, knocked in 104 runs, scored 110 runs, and stole 11 bases in 600 plate appearances. FanGraphs also gave him an edge over the competition in WAR at 8.6.

Trout, who also won the award in 2014 and ’16, is the third Angel to snag the hardware, joining Don Baylor (1979) and Vladimir Guerrero Sr. (2004). He is the 11th player to win three MVP awards, joining Jimmie Foxx, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Mickey Mantle, Álex Rodríguez, Stan Musial, Roy Campanella, Mike Schmidt, Albert Pujols, and Barry Bonds. Bonds is the only player to have won the award more than three times, winning a whopping seven MVP awards.

Alex Bregman finished in a close second place followed by Marcus  Semien, DJ LeMahieu, and Xander Bogaerts. Also receiving votes were Matt Chapman, George Springer, Mookie Betts, Nelson Cruz, Gerrit Cole, Justin Verlander, Rafael Devers, Jorge Polanco, Austin Meadows, Francisco Lindor, Carlos Santana, Gleyber Torres, Eddie Rosario, José Abreu, Max Kepler, J.D. Martinez, Yoán Moncada, Charlie Morton, Matt Olson, and Jorge Soler.