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Nationals release Trevor Rosenthal

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The Nationals have released right-handed reliever Trevor Rosenthal, the team announced Sunday. In subsequent moves, they recalled right-handers Austin Voth from Double-A Harrisburg and Kyle McGowin from Triple-A Fresno and optioned Joe Ross back to Triple-A.

Rosenthal, 29, was neither healthy enough nor productive enough to latch onto a permanent role in the Nationals’ bullpen this year. After missing the entire 2018 season due to a lengthy recovery from Tommy John surgery, he contracted a viral infection that kept him on the shelf for another six weeks during his 2019 run. He was reinstated in early June and pitched just 3 1/3 innings before his release, allowing four runs on one hit and six walks and striking out two of 15 batters.

It’s not yet clear which teams, if any, might be interested in adding Rosenthal to their relief corps this summer. Despite his notable control issues and recent health problems, he’s not too far removed from his last productive stretch in the majors. In 2017, he rounded out a six-year stint with the Cardinals after pitching to a respectable 3.40 ERA with 11 saves, a 3.8 BB/9, 14.9 SO/9, and 1.6 fWAR through 47 2/3 innings.

Cody Bellinger wins 2019 National League Most Valuable Player Award

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Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger was named the 2019 National League Most Valuable Player by the Baseball Writers Associated of America. He received 19 of 30 first-place votes.

Bellinger, 24, was the NL Rookie of the Year two years ago and is now the MVP. In 2019, he hit .305/.406/.629 with 47 home runs, 115 RBI, 121 runs scored, and 15 stolen bases. Among qualified position players in the NL, Bellinger and Christian Yelich tied in Wins Above Replacement at 7.8, according to FanGraphs. Bellinger’s strong year helped the Dodgers win a franchise record 106 games, though they were stopped short in the NLDS by the eventual world champion Nationals.

Bellinger is the first Dodger to win the award since Clayton Kershaw in 2014. He also joins Kirk Gibson, Steve Garvey, Sandy Koufax, and Maury Wills to win the award since the team moved to Los Angeles. Bellinger is overall the 13th Dodger to be named the MVP. He is the 18th NL player to win both a Rookie of the Year Award and an MVP award.

Yelich finished in second place and Anthony Rendon finished in third place. They were followed by Ketel Marte, Ronald Acuña Jr., Nolan Arenado, and Pete Alonso. Also receiving votes were Freddie Freeman, Juan Soto, Jacob deGrom, Josh Donaldson, Trevor Story, Jack Flaherty, J.T. Realmuto, Yasmani Grandal, Max Muncy, Stephen Strasburg, Eugenio Suárez, Hyun-Jin Ryu, Paul Goldschmidt, Kolten Wong, Kevin Pillar, and Max Scherzer.