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MLB Weekly Digest November 18th Edition: Smith Inks Three-Year Deal

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The last week in MLB was about a reliever signing a multi-year contract in the National League, a pitcher in the NL wins a prestigious award, and a player in the American League is named MVP.

Atlanta Braves Sign Reliever Will Smith to Three-Year Contract

The Atlanta Braves made the first significant move of the offseason as they signed reliever Will Smith to a three-year, $39 million contract. The deal also includes a 2023 club option worth $13 million, per a team announcement.

Smith was one of the best free-agent relievers available on the market, and the Braves adding him to their bullpen was a smart move.

Smith was terrific with the San Francisco Giants last season as he posted a 2.76 ERA in 63 games (65 1/3 innings pitched).

He tallied 96 strikeouts, issued 21 walks, yielded 10 home runs, posted a 1.02 WHIP, and saved 34 games.

The interesting aspect regarding the signing of Smith is that is his agent Jeff Berry of CAA used the qualifying offer from the Giants as leverage for his client, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

Smith was going to accept the one-year, $17.8 million qualifying offer from the Giants, but the Braves stepped up with a multi-year contract.

The Braves are still planning to utilize Mark Melancon as their closer, Smith will occupy the set-up role, per Jon Heyman of MLB Network.

The club has a solid duo at the backend of their bullpen with Smith and Melancon.

New York Mets Starting Pitcher Jacob deGrom Wins National League Cy Young

New York Mets starting pitcher Jacob deGrom had a dominating 2019 campaign and earned some hardware last week for his effort on the mound, as he won the National League Cy Young Award.

The left-hander compiled a 2.43 ERA in 204 innings pitched (32 starts) with a 167 ERA+, 0.97 WHIP, 2.67 FIP, and led the league with 255 strikeouts.

This was the second consecutive season in which deGrom won the NL Cy Young, and became the 11th pitcher to accomplish that feat, per Anthony DiComo of MLB.com.

He made more history by becoming one of six players ever to compile consecutive seasons with at least 250 strikeouts and an ERA below 2.50, per ESPN Stats & Info.

deGrom proved once again last year he’s one of the best starting pitchers in the NL.

He has a chance to make history if he wins the award next season as just two pitchers have won more than two straight Cy Young awards, per Sarah Langs of MLB.

Los Angeles Angels Outfielder Mike Trout Named American League MVP

Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout earned another major accolade last week as he was named the American League MVP, per MLB Network.

Trout was phenomenal last year with the Angels as he posted a .291 batting average in 134 games with 110 runs scored, 27 doubles, 45 home runs, 104 RBIs, and 11 stolen bases.

He led the AL with a .438 on-base percentage, .645 slugging percentage, 1.083 OPS, and 185 OPS+.

At 28 years old, Trout is the second-youngest player to win three MVP awards.

The only player to accomplish it at a younger age is Stan Musial, who won his third MVP at age 27, per ESPN Stats & Info.

Trout has been building an impeccable resume ever since his debut several seasons ago, per MLB Stats.

He is a unique player that doesn’t come around often and is bound for Cooperstown.

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Chris is a 25-year old New Jersey native whose favorite sports team is the Arizona Diamondbacks. He previously attended Western New England College to study Sports Management. Chris has been following the Diamondbacks since he was 12. You can find him on Twitter [email protected]
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