By Seth McCaskill
Halladay dies in plane crash
Longtime Blue Jays and Phillies pitcher Roy Halladay died in a plane crash on Nov. 7. He was 40. He was a two-time Cy Young Award winner, an eight-time All-Star and threw a perfect game as well as a postseason no-hitter. This is a massive loss for the baseball world, as he is one of the most respected players in recent history and regarded as an incredible competitor by all of his peers. The human aspect of these situations is often lost, but it is tougher than anything, as he leaves behind his wife and two kids as well.
Otani coming to MLB
The Nippon-Ham Fighters have made the most anticipated move of the offseason and posted Shohei Otani to be an MLB free agent. There was some question as to whether he would wait until he is 25 to come over, as he is still classified as an amateur free agent until then, which means he will be leaving a lot of money on the table. The Texas Rangers can offer the biggest signing bonus ($3.53 million), the New York Yankees ($3.25 million) and Minnesota Twins ($3.245 million) following them. Whoever signs him will get a dynamic player, as he posted a .286/.358/.500 slash line along with a 2.52 ERA and 100 mph fastball in five years in Japan.
Buxton wins Defensive Player of the Year
Byron Buxton finally started to show some of the traits that made him a No. 1 prospect in 2017, and he has been rewarded with the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award over Andrelton Simmons, Mookie Betts and others. Known as one of the most athletic players in baseball, he led the majors with 24 defensive runs saved and second to Simmons in defensive wins above replacement, making a lion’s share of highlight reel plays.
Market for Giancarlo Stanton taking shape
Giancarlo Stanton is going to be one of the hottest commodities this offseason, and the Marlins have reportedly had preliminary talks with the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants and Philadelphia Phillies. The biggest contenders seem to be the Red Sox and Cardinals, as both have the prospect depth and motivation to make such a trade, and there have been some reports that talks with the Sox have been heating up. There are sure to be some fireworks if Stanton, who hit 59 home runs, is moved, but only time will tell.
MVP, Cy Young finalists announced, Altuve wins Player of the Year
Jose Altuve is continuing his memorable season, as he has won the player-voted MLB Player of the Year and been named a finalist for the AL MVP. Aaron Judge and Jose Ramirez are also finalists, and the AL Cy Young race is down to Corey Kluber, Chris Sale and Luis Severino. On the NL side, the MVP finalists are Paul Goldschmidt, Giancarlo Stanton and Joey Votto, and the Cy Young finalists are Clayton Kershaw, Stephen Strasburg and Max Scherzer.