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Mike Moustakas, Greg Holland Earn 2017 Comeback Player Honors

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The 2017 Comeback Player of the Year Awards were announced Friday- Kansas City Royals third baseman Mike Moustakas in the American League, and Colorado Rockies closer Greg Holland in the National League.

Both players enjoyed bounce-back seasons after injury-plagued 2016 campaigns.

Moustakas, 29, hit .272/.314/.521 with 38 homers (tied for fifth in the league) and 85 RBIs for the Royals in 2017 after being limited to only 104 at-bats the previous year.

Holland, 32- and Moustakas’s teammate from 2011-15- recorded 41 saves (tied for second most in baseball) in 45 chances for Colorado in 2017 after missing the entire 2016 season due to Tommy John surgery. In addition, he was 3-6 with a 3.61 ERA, and struck out 70 hitters in 57 1/3 innings.

This marks the first time a member of the Royals and Rockies has earned the Comeback Player of the Year Award since Major League Baseball started presenting the honor in 2005.

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Angels Closing in on Historic Extension with Mike Trout

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The Los Angeles Angels are nearing a historic contract extension with superstar outfielder Mike Trout that would set the record for the largest contract in professional sports.

According to ESPN’s Jeff Passan, the Angels and Trout are working towards a new 12-year pact that could be worth more than $340 million, nullifying his current contract.

According to the Los Angeles Times’ Bill Shaikin, Trout’s new potential deal includes a $36 million salary in each new year.

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Yankees Sign Gio Gonzalez

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The New York Yankees have bolstered their rotation, which has been hit hard by injuries this spring, and have agreed to terms on a contract with veteran left-hander Gio Gonzalez, according to MLB Network’s Jon Heyman.

According to the New York Post’s Joel Sherman, Gonzalez’s new deal is likely a minors deal.

According to The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal, Gonzalez would make $3 million in the majors via a games-started incentives outline that could elevate his earnings, and the deal comes with an opt-out for April 20th if Gonzalez doesn’t make the team out of spring training..

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Rangers’ Yohander Mendez Diagnosed With UCL Sprain

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Texas Rangers left hander Yohander Mendez has been diagnosed with a grade one sprain of the ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm, according to the Dallas Morning News’ Evan Grant.

Mendez, who avoided having to undergo Tommy John surgery, is expected to miss half of the 2019 season as he recovers.

Mendez, 24, could return as early as mid-June, if all goes well in his rehabilitation.

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