Brewers release former All-Star closer Chris Perez

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Here’s how quickly things have unraveled for right-hander Chris Perez: At age 26 he was an All-Star closer for the second straight season. At age 28 he was an ineffective middle reliever. And now at age 29 he was just released by the Brewers after settling for a minor-league contract.

Perez pitched just fine this spring, posting a 2.70 ERA in 10 appearances, but he managed just five strikeouts in 10 innings after logging 46 innings with a 4.27 ERA and 39/25 K/BB ratio for the Dodgers last season.

Milwaukee asked him to accept an assignment to the minors, but Perez preferred to be released so that he can try to latch on elsewhere. From 2010-2012 he had a 2.84 ERA with 98 saves and 159 strikeouts in 180 innings for Cleveland, but that guy looks gone for good now.

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.