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Thursday Bantering: MVP Voting, Reddick, McCann

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Congratulations to Mike Trout on winning the American League Most Valuable Player award. Let’s hope he enjoys it while it lasts, as Josh Donaldson will be taking it back from him in a year from now. Kris Bryant took home the honour in the National League.

Donaldson finished fourth in voting behind both Mookie Betts and Jose Altuve. The “Bringer of Rain” just didn’t look to be himself in September, which surely put a dent in his chances. Edwin Encarnacion finished 14th, receiving a top 10 nod on four ballots.

In other news, it looks like Josh Reddick is headed to the Houston Astros on a 4 year, $52 million contract. The Blue Jays were rumoured to be interested in Reddick as a potential replacement for Jose Bautista, but the asking price ended up being higher than expected.

The Astros also landed catcher Brian McCann in a trade with the Yankees, sending prospects Albert Abreu and Jorge Guzman to New York. Look out for Houston next season, as the team boasts a dangerous lineup with Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Alex Bregman, and George Springer in the fold. It appears Jason Castro will be headed elsewhere, which could impact the Jays if he chooses to sign with the division rival Baltimore Orioles.