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ICYMI: Jose Altuve Named 2017 Associated Press Male Athlete Of The Year

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Other than helping bring an entire city together with a World Series title in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve has been no stranger to awards lately.

Let’s recap:

-American League Hank Aaron Award (10/26)
-American League Most Outstanding Player (11/8)
-Major League Player of the Year (11/8)
-American League Silver Slugger (11/9)
-American League Most Valuable Player (11/16)
-Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year (12/4)

And what do you know? Before 2017 ended, Altuve took home another piece of hardware.

On December 27, Altuve was named the 2017 Associated Press Male Athlete of the Year, to cap off a truly incredible run of recognition. Sports Illustrated reported that Altuve (715 points) beat out Tom Brady (646) and LeBron James (626) for the honor which was voted upon by US editors and news directors.

“Winning the World Series, winning the MVP, you feel like you have everything,” said the 5’6” Altuve. “But my perspective is to try and get better every year and if we win one World Series, why not win another one? Just keep playing for the team and keep playing for my city.”

Altuve hit .346/.410/.547 with 24 homers and 81 RBIs in 153 regular season games in 2017. In the playoffs, he hit .310/.388/.634 with seven homers and 14 RBIs in 71 at-bats.

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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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