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Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton highlight 2017 Silver Slugger Award winners

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Awards season continues with the 2017 Silver Slugger Awards handed out on Thursday evening. Here are your winners:

American League

  • C: Gary Sanchez (Yankees), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • 1B: Eric Hosmer (Royals), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • 2B: Jose Altuve (Astros), fourth career Silver Slugger Award (fourth consecutive)
  • 3B: Jose Ramirez (Indians), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • SS: Francisco Lindor (Indians), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Aaron Judge (Yankees), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Justin Upton (Angels), third career Silver Slugger Award
  • OFGeorge Springer (Astros), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • DH: Nelson Cruz (Mariners), second career Silver Slugger Award

Mike Trout deserved his sixth career Silver Slugger Award, but he missed some time with injury during the season and only played in 114 games. That likely explains why he was left out.

National League

  • C: Buster Posey (Giants), fourth career Silver Slugger Award
  • 1B: Paul Goldschmidt (Diamondbacks), third career Silver Slugger Award
  • 2B: Daniel Murphy (Nationals), second career Silver Slugger Award
  • 3B: Nolan Arenado (Rockies), third career Silver Slugger Award (third consecutive)
  • SS: Corey Seager (Dodgers), second career Silver Slugger Award (second consecutive)
  • OF: Giancarlo Stanton (Marlins), second career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Marcell Ozuna (Marlins), first career Silver Slugger Award
  • OF: Charlie Blackmon (Rockies), second career Silver Slugger Award (second consecutive)
  • P: Adam Wainwright (Cardinals), first career Silver Slugger Award

Like Trout, Freddie Freeman was a deserving Silver Slugger Award candidate, but he was likely discounted due to missing time during the season with an injury. He played in only 117 games.

A couple of Reds players were snubbed. Joey Votto‘s rate stats compare favorably to Goldschmidt’s, as do Zack Cozart‘s to Seager’s. The winners had slight edges in some counting stats, but RBI and runs scored are dependent on the players’ teammates. It’s disappointing that managers and coaches, who vote on the Silver Slugger Awards, still place so much importance on them.

  • Votto: .320/.454/.578, 36 HR, 100 RBI, 106 R
  • Goldschmidt: .297/.404/.563, 36 HR, 120 RBI, 117 R
  • Cozart: .297/.385/.548, 24 HR, 63 RBI, 80 R
  • Seager: .295/.375/.479, 22 HR, 77 RBI, 85 R

Votto how now been in the league 11 years and has not won a single Silver Slugger Award.

Phillies sign Francisco Liriano and Neil Walker to minor league deals

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Robert Murray and MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported earlier, respectively, that the Phillies signed pitcher Francisco Liriano and infielder Neil Walker to minor league contracts. If he makes the major league roster, Liriano will earn a salary of $1.5 million with an additional $1.25 million available through performance incentives. Walker’s contract information is not yet known.

Liriano, 36, struggled from 2016-18 but enjoyed a productive year out of the bullpen for the Pirates this past season. He posted a 3.47 ERA with 63 strikeouts and 35 walks over 70 innings. The lefty was quite effective against same-handed batters, limiting fellow lefties to a .659 OPS. That would figure to be a key component if Liriano makes the Phillies’ Opening Day roster.

Walker, 34, hit .261/.344/.395 with eight home runs and 38 RBI over 381 plate appearances with the Marlins last year. The veteran is versastile, having played first, second, and third base along with both corner outfield spots in recent seasons. Despite Walker’s versatility, it is tough to see room on the Phillies’ roster for him, barring injuries to other players. It never hurts to have depth.