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Mookie Betts named the Defensive Player of the Year in right field

Mookie Betts named the Defensive Player of the Year in right field

He's a World Series champion. A Gold Glove winner. A new father. A likely American League MVP.

But that's not enough for Mookie Betts, who added to his trophy case Wednesday night when he won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award for his play in right field this season.

It's the second time in three seasons that Betts has earned the honor, which is based on sabermetric stats and goes to one player at each position, regardless of league.

Betts committed just one error in 2018, racking up a fielding percentage of .996 and a range factor of 2.04 while patrolling one of the most cavernous right fields in all of baseball.

Despite flashing some amazing leather this season, Betts missed out on the overall Defensive Player of the Year award, which he had won in 2016. Oakland third baseman Matt Chapman won that honor.

Next up for Betts is the American League MVP award. Betts will find out if he's taking home that honor when it's announced on November 15.

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Harper at 1B 'unrealistic' for Yankees, Machado better fit

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Harper at 1B 'unrealistic' for Yankees, Machado better fit

The Yankees made their first big move of the offseason yesterday, acquiring left-handed ace James Paxton from the Mariners. 

As New York looks to close the gap with the Red Sox, they are also interested in pitchers Patrick Corbin and J.A. Happ, according to MLB.com's Jon Morosi. Mariners shortstop Jean Segura was also a potential target in the Paxton trade, but the Yankees eventually settled on just Paxton. The price was steep nonetheless, as the Yanks gave up their number one prospect, LHP Justus Sheffield. 

But the big names of this MLB offseason are Manny Machado and Bryce Harper, and the Yankees have been linked to both.

According to Morosi, "The Yankees have had internal discussions since the offseason began about the possibility of signing Harper to play first base, but one source described that scenario as 'unrealistic' -- at least, for now." Tyler Austin, Greg Bird, and Luke Voit patrolled first base last season in the Bronx.

While Harper seems unlikely as of now, Machado remains much more in play. "The Yankees believe Machado is a better fit for their roster, given the absence of starting shortstop Didi Gregorius while he recovers from Tommy John surgery on his throwing elbow," writes Morosi.

Machado had 37 home runs and 107 RBIs last season, split between Baltimore and Los Angeles. He batted .315. In the World Series against the Red Sox, Machado was 4-22 with three RBIs and five strikeouts. 

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Mookie Betts poses for photo with Michael Jordan at Celtics-Hornets game

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Mookie Betts poses for photo with Michael Jordan at Celtics-Hornets game

Mookie Betts posed with a fan for a photo after the Celtics-Hornets game on Monday night.

That fan just so happened to be Michael Jordan. Betts, a Jordan Brand athlete, posted the photo to his Twitter along with an appropriate GOAT emoji.

As for the Celtics game, Betts couldn't bring his winning mojo the C's way as Jordan's Hornets were victorious, 117-112.

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