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Pollock, Lindor Take Home Player Of The Week Honors

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MLB has announced that AJ Pollock and Francisco Lindor are the National League and American League Players of the Week, respectively.

Pollock continued his red-hot start to the season, following his NL Player of the Month award for March/April with his fourth career Player of the Week honor.

Pollock hit .423 with 4 home runs and 8 RBIs this past week, including a 3 home run game against the Dodgers and a walk-off single against the Astros. He also had an NL-leading 1.000 slugging percentage.

The Pollock-led Diamondbacks spilt a 4 game series with the Dodgers and won 2 out of 3 against the Astros, going a combined 4-3 against the two teams that made the 2017 World Series.

Francisco Lindor picked up his first career Player of the Week honor, slashing .425/.439/.825 with 4 home runs and 10 RBIs.

Lindor, however, struggled defensively, which led in part to a 3-5 record for the Indians last week. The Indians went 2-1 against the Rangers and spilt a doubleheader with the Blue Jays, but they ended the week getting swept by the Yankees.

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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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