>>Mets' deGrom, White Sox's Abreu Win MLB Rookie Honors
(New York, NY) -- New York Mets pitcher Jacob deGrom and Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu [[ ah-BRAY-oo ]] are Major League Baseball's Rookies of the Year. The 26-year-old deGrom received 26-of-30 first-place votes to take National League honors, beating out Cincinnati Reds outfielder Billy Hamilton and St. Louis Cardinals second baseman Kolten Wong. deGrom went 9-and-6 with a 2.69 ERA in 22 starts this season. Abreu was a unanimous choice in the American League, receiving all 30-first-place votes. He easily outdistanced Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim pitcher Matt Shoemaker and New York Yankees reliever Dellin Betances [[ beh-TAN-sess ]]. Abreu hit .317 with 36 home runs and 107 RBI in 145 games this season. The Manager of the Year in both leagues will be announced on Tuesday.
>>Mets Sign Cuddyer To Two-Year Deal
(Flushing, NY) -- The New York Mets are adding Michael Cuddyer [[ kuh-DYE-er ]] to their outfield. They have signed the 35-year-old, two-time All-Star to a two-year contract. Cuddyer won a batting title in 2013 with a .331 average for the Colorado Rockies, but was limited to just 49 games last season due to injuries. He still hit .332 with 10 home runs and 31 RBI. Cuddyer spent the last three seasons with Colorado after playing his first 11 seasons with Minnesota.
>>Rays Add Larkin, Glanville To Managerial Pool
(St. Petersburg, FL) -- The Tampa Bay Rays are adding to the list of names up for their managerial position. The Rays announced Monday that Barry Larkin and Doug Glanville are also candidates to replace Joe Maddon as the team's skipper. An initial list of eight candidates was released last Thursday, but Rays President of Baseball Operations Matt Silverman said it would likely grow through the search process. The Rays have since interviewed five of those contenders.
>>Cruz Turns Down O's' Qualifying Offer
(Baltimore, MD) -- Reigning MLB home run king Nelson Cruz will test free agency for the second straight offseason. MLB.com reports Cruz has rejected the Orioles' one-year, 15.3-million-dollar qualifying offer. If he signs elsewhere, the O's will receive draft pick compensation. The 34-year-old led the big leagues with 40 home runs and drove in 108 runs during his first season in Baltimore this year. He signed a one-year deal last offseason after eight seasons with Texas.