Nationals will try once more to sign Jordan Zimmermann to an extension

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, try again. Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Nationals will make another attempt to sign starter Jordan Zimmermann to a contract extension. The two sides had previously engaged in extension talks but agreed on only a two-year deal back in January, paying him $7.5 million in 2014 and $16.5 million for 2015. The right-hander can become a free agent after the season.

Current free agents Jon Lester and Max Scherzer are each expected to earn contracts of at least six years in the area of $150 to $200 million, which would be models for a long-term deal for Zimmermann. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 3.00 ERA over the last four seasons, a mark bested by only seven other pitchers (min. 500 innings).

In the event no progress can be made on the extension front, the Nationals would still be open to trading Zimmermann, but they would prefer to keep him around in D.C.

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 [NUMBER] 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.