The Angels thought they would complete a trade for Chase Utley on Friday

15 Comments

MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez reports that the Angels felt they would complete a deal with the Phillies for second baseman Chase Utley on Friday, but they’re still hopeful to acquire the veteran. The Angels believe they’re the most appealing destination for Utley, as they can offer him playing time at second base and DH. Gonzalez adds that he believes Utley would get most of his playing time at DH if he were to join the Angels.

Utley went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI in Friday’s loss to the Brewers. Since coming off of the disabled list on August 7, he’s hit safely in all six games, batting .500/.478/.682 with four doubles in 23 plate appearances.

The Cubs, Astros, Giants, Yankees, and Dodgers have had reported interest in Utley. The 36-year-old has a no-trade clause per his 10-and-5 rights, is owed about $6 million, and is all but certain to become a free agent after the season.

Mike Trout voted 2019 American League Most Valuable Player

Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
5 Comments

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.