Mets will bring back Rafael Montero as a starting pitcher near the end of April

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Rafael Montero lost out to Dillon Gee in spring training for the fifth spot in the Mets’ starting rotation. As a result, he started off in the bullpen. The 2015 season has treated neither pitcher well, as Gee has allowed nine runs in 10 2/3 innings over two starts while Montero allowed three runs (two earned) in 4 1/3 innings over four relief appearances prior to a demotion to Triple-A Las Vegas.

Montero will be brought back soon, however, and it will be to start, ESPN New York’s Adam Rubin reports. The goal is to stretch him out at Triple-A, then bring him back for a spot start on April 28 against the Marlins. That will allow Matt Harvey and Jacob deGrom to get an extra day of rest. Gee, if he continues to pitch poorly, could be in danger of losing his rotation spot as well if Montero excels in his spot start.

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.