David Price on contract extension talk: “I don’t feel like closing any doors.”


Tigers starter David Price would prefer that contract extension discussions end sooner rather than later, but would be open to negotiations during the regular season, as Bob Nightengale of USA TODAY reports. Most upcoming big-name free agents, like Nationals starter Jordan Zimmermann for example, will negotiate until Opening Day, at which point their attention shifts to their jobs on the field.

The Tigers acquired Price from the Rays in a three-way trade at the deadline last year. Over 11 starts in his new uniform, Price posted a 3.59 ERA with an 82/15 K/BB ratio in 77 2/3 innings. The Tigers lost his only post-season start despite allowing only two runs over eight innings in Game 3 of the ALDS against the Orioles.

Nightengale suggests Price will fetch $150 million at minimum if he were to reach free agency, and he could potentially get a windfall similar to Max Scherzer’s $210 million from the Nationals. The Tigers offered Scherzer $144 million over six years, which Scherzer rejected, and never seriously contemplated going above $144 million for the right-hander’s services.

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.