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Rockies sign Domonic Brown to a minor league deal

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Here’s a blast from he past: Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that the Colorado Rockies have signed free agent outfielder Domonic Brown to a minor league deal.

Brown, for years a top Phillies prospect, is 29 now. In parts of six major league seasons he hit .246/.305/.405 with 54 homers. He actually made the All-Star team in 2013, in the course of a 27-homer 83 RBI season, but outside of that year he was never really able to put it together and was never a favorite of the big league coaching staff. The Blue Jays signed him last season and he spent the entire year at Triple-A, where he put up a disappointing line of .239/.303/.336 with only seven homers.

Odds are against Brown making the Rockies — their outfield is fairly set — but he has a chance at a job for 2017 at least.

 

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.