None of the Angels prospects won awards in the AFL this year other than making it to the Fall Star Game. Three of the big league Angels are nominated for the All-MLB Team. Fans can vote once every 24 hours from now until 5 P.M. (probably Eastern Time) on November 22. The three nominees are not surprising. They are Mike Trout, Shohei Ohtani, and Taylor Ward. Mike Trout has already taken home his ninth Silver Slugger Award. Edgar Quero was named the MVP of the California League. Not bad for a 19 year old kid. A couple of Angels prospects made onto all star teams in the Arizona Complex League and the Dominican Summer League.
After much ado about nothing, Joe Espada will remain in Houston for 2023. So will their first base coach Omar Lopez. The Red Sox offered Nathan Eovaldi a multi-year contract which he has not accepted as of the time of this writing. The Phillies are apparently planning to spend a bunch more this winter. They show special interest in Xander Bogaerts.
Pete Rose wrote a letter to Commissioner Manfred asking for forgiveness and another chance at the Hall of Fame. Down in the Dominican Summer League, Red Sox minor league pitcher Starlin Santos received a 60 day suspension for Stanozolol. Free agent infielder Luis Curbelo received an 80 game PED suspension and Marlins outfielder Deivis Mosquera received a 60 game suspension, also for PEDs.
The Astros signed Rafael Montero to a three year deal worth a little over $34 Million. For their part, the Padres re-signed Robert Suarez to a five year deal he can opt out of after three. The Braves re-signed Jesse Chavez. That one’s a minor league deal. Clayton Kershaw will stay with the Dodgers for another year.
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