The MLB offseason awards week kicked off on Monday night as the Rookies of the Year were announced in both leagues.
In the American League, Baltimore Orioles shortstop Gunnar Henderson took home the honor over fellow finalists Tanner Bibee (Guardians) and Triston Casas (Red Sox). In the National League, Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Corbin Carroll was chosen over Kodai Senga (Mets) and James Outman (Dodgers). Both decisions were unanimous.
Henderson helped lead the Orioles to 101 wins and the American League East title in his rookie season. On the year, he slashed .255/.325/.489 with 29 doubles, nine triples, 28 home runs and 82 RBIs. Henderson was also the recipient of a Silver Slugger.
Carroll, meanwhile, was a key piece for the Diamondbacks in securing the National League pennant. An All-Star in 2023, Carroll hit .285 with a .868 OPS and stole 54 bases in 59 attempts to go along with 25 home runs and a league-leading 10 triples.
Awards week continues on Tuesday night with the Manager of the Year in each league.
Milwaukee Finds Their Manager
Speaking of managers, the Milwaukee Brewers have found theirs. They are set to promote bench coach Pat Murphy, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. Murphy replaces Craig Counsell, who left the Brewers to become manager of the Chicago Cubs.
That leaves the San Diego Padres as the lone team without a manager, though a decision appears to be getting closer.
Hot Stove Buzz
Aaron Nola is one of the more attractive starting pitchers in free agency this MLB offseason. Among the teams interested in the right-hander are the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals, reports MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.
Nola had a down year by his standards in 2023. The 30-year-old went 12-9 with a 4.46 ERA in 32 starts. He rebounded nicely in the postseason, though, with a 2.35 ERA in four starts.
Tuesday at 6 p.m. ET marks the deadline for teams to add Rule 5-eligible prospects to their 40-man rosters to protect them from being selected. The Rule 5 Draft will take place during the annual Winter Meetings in December.
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