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Diamondbacks’ Torey Lovullo And Twins’ Paul Molitor Named BBWAA Managers Of The Year

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Tuesday was the second night of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America Award presentations, as the announcements were made for both leagues’ Manager of the Year.

For the American League, Minnesota Twins manager Paul Molitor received the honor after leading the Twins to a 85-77 record. This is important because in 2016, the Twins had the Major League’s worst record at 59-103.

This is Molitor’s first Manager of the Year Award. His managing career began for the Twins as he was hired prior to the 2015 season.

Molitor, 61, played 21 Major League seasons from 1978-98, having spent the final three with the Twins. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2004, and is a member of MLB’s 3,000 hit-club, ranking ninth on the all-time list with 3,319 knocks.

Taking home the honor in the National League was Torey Lovullo of the Arizona Diamondbacks. In his first year at the helm, Lovullo led the D’Backs to a 93-69 record, good for third best in the league, as well as a complete reverse of their 69-93 mark the previous season.

Lovullo, 52, has been a coach in the majors since 2011. He spent two years as first base coach for the Toronto Blue Jays, and aided manager John Farrell and the Boston Red Sox as their bench coach for four years prior to taking Arizona’s managerial job in October of 2016.

In parts of eight Major League seasons for seven teams from 1988-99, Lovullo was a .224 hitter with 15 homers and 60 RBIs.

The 2015 season saw Lovullo act as interim manager for the Red Sox while Farrell was undergoing cancer treatments. Lovullo led Boston to a 28-20 record over the final 48 games. Despite this, the Red Sox still finished last in the AL East, going 78-84.

Well deserved honors for both managers, who significantly improved their team from last season.

Molitor beat out Cleveland’s Terry Francona and Houston’s A.J. Hinch for the AL honor, while Lovullo topped Colorado’s Bud Black and Los Angeles’s Dave Roberts in the NL.

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Blue Jays Have “Legitimate Interest” In Jake Odorizzi

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The Toronto Blue Jays are looking to make a splash in free agency and have their sights set on pitcher Jake Odorizzi, according to Sportsnet’s Shi Davidi.

The Blue Jays have already conducted a sit-down meeting with Odorizzi’s agents.

Odorizzi, 29, is coming off come off arguably the best season of his career with the Minnesota Twins last season.

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Rangers to Target Top Free Agents

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The Texas Rangers are entering the offseason with plans of targeting some of the top tier free agents that will be available.

Rangers’ general manager Jon Daniels made it clear that he was ready to bring the Rangers back as a major player in the free agent market.

“This year, we are going to look at everything,” Daniels said, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant. “Our goal is to get better, period. There are a couple of spots more [available] than others. We have signed [top free agents] before and at some point I have to suspect we will again.”

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Yankees’ Brian Cashman Talks Gerrit Cole, Offseason Plans

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The New York Yankees expect to be busy this offseason, as they usually are, and among the teams trying to lure Gerrit Cole to join their rotation.

Yankees’ general manager Brian Cashman discussed Cole, as well as the upcoming offseason for the Bronx Bombers.

According to SNY’s Andy Martino, Cashman says that the Yankees will engage with both Houston Astros hurler Gerrit Cole and World Series Champion Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg.

However, Cashman added that the Yankees already have a significant amount of money on the books, according to Newsday’s Erik Boland.

Cashman added that the Yankees will also explore the trade market, much like they did last season when they acquired James Paxton from the Seattle Seahawks, according to the New York Times’ James Wagner.

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