The Opener: MVP Awards, Outfield (*50*), Top 50

As MLB’s awards season attracts to a detailed, listed here are three issues we’ll be maintaining a tally of all through the day at present:

1. MVP Results Announced Tonight

The ultimate award bulletins for the 2022-23 season are coming tonight, with the AL and NL Most Valuable Player awards being introduced at 5:00 PM CT. The finalists within the AL are Aaron Judge, Shohei Ohtaniand Jordan Alvarezwhereas the NL finalists are Paul Goldschmidt, Nolan Arenadoand Manny Machado. The AL race this yr was a very outstanding one, with historic seasons pitted towards one another; Ohtani arguably improved on his 2021 AL MVP marketing campaign this yr, whereas Judge delivered maybe the most effective offensive season for the reason that days of Barry Bonds. Alvarez, for his half, put up price numbers that may be extra strongly within the combine in nearly every other yr. Despite really particular seasons from all three finalists within the AL, although, Judge seems to be the favourite after he set a brand new AL house run document. Over within the NL, Goldschmidt flirted with the Triple Crown at one level, however his season ended on a low be aware, as he slashed simply .245/.333/.383 after the calendar flipped to September. That could have barely opened the door for Arenado and Machado, who posted extraordinarily related profiles to 1 one other in 2022. Machado’s .298/.366/.531 season line is sort of indistinguishable from Arenado’s line of .293/.358/.533.

2. How The Teoscar Trade Changes The (*50*)

Yesterday noticed the Mariners and the Blue Jays work out a commerce to ship Teoscar Hernandez to Seattle, probably shaking up the outfield market in a major manner. With Hernandez not penciled into proper discipline on daily basis, the Blue Jays are actually much more more likely to pursue outfield assist, with George Springerand Lourdes Gurriel Jr. their solely common outfielders as issues stand. Both Cavan Biggio and Whit Merrifield noticed time within the outfield final yr, however with the Blue Jays already rumored to be out there for an additional outfielder even earlier than yesterday’s commerce, they’re going to possible solely be extra aggressive of their pursuit because the offseason progresses. The different facet of the commerce has implications for the market as effectively, as Seattle is now even deeper in outfield choices. Hernandez will possible slot into proper discipline with Julio Rodriguez in middle and Jesse Winker (assuming he himself is not traded) in left, however the Mariners have Jarred Kelenic, Kyle Lewis, Taylor Trammelland Sam Haggerty additional down the depth chart, to say nothing of prospects Cade Marlowe and Zach DeLoach, who might be prepared for giant league motion someday subsequent yr. Needless to say, Seattle’s glut of outfielders may draw commerce curiosity, and the addition of Hernandez makes it all of the extra possible that president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto will deal from that depth.

3. Talking Top 50 with Rob Bradford

MLBTR’s annual Top 50 Free Agents checklist and predictions dropped final week, and entries for our Free Agent Prediction contest have been due final evening — however that does not imply all issues Top 50-related are within the rearview mirror simply but. MLBTR’s Tim Dierkes and Steve Adams joined Rob Bradford of Audacy Sports and WEEI on the “Baseball Isn’t Boring” podcast to debate the Top 50 checklist and the free-agent class at massive. You can take heed to their look right here, and you may comply with Baseball Isn’t Boring and comply with Rob on Twitter.

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