Projecting MLB's award winners in 2018

Days through days constitutes a full year of Major League service, per the collective bargaining agreement. The winner will come from the NL East, however, and it will be Syndergaard, whose fastball is as fearsome as his hair is magnificent. Remove or add writers to and from your list of favorites My Favorite Writers. He's a late bloomer at 26, but a mechanical change in his swing in the minors a couple of seasons ago helped turn his career around. More Awards Pages

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Multiple MVP and Cy Young Winners

You could do worse when planning a promotional campaign to reboot your franchise then to center it around a native son. And you could do worse to rebuild that franchise on the field than to do it around a former No. In Swanson, the Braves get to do both. He destroyed Triple A pitching last year. Like Benintendi, Swanson fell just short of the rookie cutoff last year, collecting at-bats.

He displayed plenty of franchise-changing talent in his brief debut, flashing a solid glove at short and a potent bat. The NL rookie crop is not a strong one—the loss of Cardinals starter Alex Reyes to Tommy John surgery robbed the field of its leading contender—but Swanson is good enough to step up and take the award as the new face of the Braves.

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It changes from year to year. You have to know the exact service time figures for each player to make the calculation.

But for a guy who was up and down through the season, not so easy. The timing of transactions affect service time. For example, MLB headquarters is informed at 2pm on Monday a player is being recalled and he is sent back down on Tuesday. Puts the Sox in a real pickle. Need more than 1 guy to outplay his deal. They will also grossly overpay for his age 35,36, and 37 seasons.

The point being, hichever team decides to give him that money will have a window of contention for years when his prime pitching years are still there. Now, when the White Sox signed Abreu they had the same thing in mind. Except that they were his age years, which are the ages that top production comes from a hitter.

They Sox believed they had a window of contention and a cornerstone of this franchise for 6 years. They were right about the cornerstone, but not their level of contention. The Tigers are just about out of patience with him. Highly doubt they nontender him. A-ball level with ceiling Cameron Rupp- nontender ——-. Galvis and Cesar can each be traded for decent prospects, or packaged with a middling pitcher to get a better one.

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