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BBWAA awards finalists announced

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Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for various awards given by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Here they are.

American League Rookie of the Year

National League Rookie of the Year

American League Manager of the Year

  • Terry Francona (Indians)
  • A.J. Hinch (Astros)
  • Paul Molitor (Twins)

National League Manager of the Year

  • Bud Black (Rockies)
  • Torey Lovullo (Diamondbacks)
  • Dave Roberts (Dodgers)

American League Cy Young

National League Cy Young

American League Most Valuable Player

  • 2B Jose Altuve (Astros)
  • OF Aaron Judge (Yankees)
  • 3B Jose Ramirez (Indians)

National League Most Valuable Player

The schedule for awards announcements:

  • Nov. 7: Rawlings Gold Gloves
  • Nov. 9: Louisville Silver Sluggers
  • Nov. 10: Wilson Defensive Players of the Year
  • Nov. 13: Rookies of the Year
  • Nov. 14: Managers of the Year
  • Nov. 15: Cy Youngs
  • Nov. 16: MVPs

Remember that voting for these awards was completed before the start of the playoffs. So, for example, the Astros winning the World Series won’t impact Hinch’s chances of winning the AL Manager of the Year Award.

Giants sign Drew Smyly to one-year deal

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The Giants announced on Thursday that the club inked pitcher Drew Smyly to a one-year contract. As Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area notes, the contract is of the major league variety.

Smyly, 30, split last season between the Rangers and Phillies with a stint with the Brewers in between. He did not appear in a major league game with the Brewers. In aggregate, Smyly posted a 6.24 ERA with 120 strikeouts and 55 walks over 114 innings.

Smyly will vie for a spot at the back of the Giants’ starting rotation. If he doesn’t make the cut, he could work out of the bullpen. Pitching in the spacious confines of Oracle Park should help Smyly, who gave up 19 homers in Texas and 13 in Philly last season in more hitter-friendly parks.