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On Monday evening, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced their winners for the Rookie of the Year Award in both the National and American leagues, and it's safe to say that there's little-to-no complaints about who won those awards this year. Kris Bryant of the Chicago Cubs is the NL Rookie of the Year, while Carlos Correa of the Houston Astros brought home the hardware for the American League. In a season where plenty of rookies proved that they were worth the hype that they brought along with them during their respective call-ups, both Bryant and Correa managed to meet and exceed expectations.
For Bryant, the pressure was on him to produce from almost day one of his major league career. Remember the kerfuffle that the Cubs created when they actively decided not to bring Bryant to the major league team on Opening Day, despite him clearly being the best third baseman that the Cubs had? It seemed like the Cubs were clearly putting the future ahead of the present, and there was speculation that it'd cost them if the team was to make a run at the postseason. Well, 97 wins and Bryant's slash line of .275/.369/.488 with 26 home runs later, the Cubs ended up being just fine and made it all the way to the National League Championship Series. Plus, Chicago will still get that extra year of team control on Bryant. All's well that ends well, right?
Meanwhile, all Carlos Correa did was enter a surprising Houston Astros team as a rookie and end up becoming one of the leaders on the team in extremely short order. He was called up in early June, but it took him almost no time to not only establish himself as one of the alpha dogs on the Astros, but also one of the top rookies in all of baseball. By season's end, Correa had set and broken all sorts of franchise rookie records for the Astros. Clearly, the Astros have to feel good about how the No. 1 pick in the 2012 MLB draft panned out, just like the Cubs have to feel good about how the No. 2 pick in the 2013 draft has turned out. Building through the draft pays off, and these two great players are proof positive of that strategy being a solid one to work with.
- The Mariners have made another trade, as they've picked up Leonys Martin and Anthony Bass from Texas in exchange for Tom Wilhelmsen, James Jones and a player to be named later.
- In other Mariners news, they've hired a sports psychologist as their new director of player personnel.
- The Reds are clearly in rebuilding mode right now, which means Todd Frazier is available and Cincy is reportedly expecting a "haul" in return.
- The Mets have clearly exited rebuilding mode, which means that they're trying to be aggressive in bolstering their lineup. Ben Zobrist has been linked to the Mets as a possible addition to their lineup.
- The current World Series champion Kansas City Royals are looking for a potential replacement for Alex Gordon, and Gerardo Parra could be the man for the job.
- There are many people in the baseball world who believe Craig Kimbrel is on a decline. The crew over at Over The Monster aren't buying into the myth.
- The Braves have denied that they're actively shopping guys like Freddie Freeman, but they are reportedly "listening" to offers. They said the same thing about Andrelton Simmons, for what it's worth.
- 39-year old Aubrey Huff is making a comeback! Yes, that Aubrey Huff -- the same one who hasn't played in the majors since 2012. Good luck with all of that.