A's Cespedes among three finalists for AL Rookie of the Year

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A's Cespedes among three finalists for AL Rookie of the Year

Oakland Athletics outfielder Yoenis Cespedes has been named a finalist for American League Rookie of the Year.Cespedes, 27, is up against outfielder Mike Trout of the Angels and pitcher Yu Darvish of the Rangers. While Cespedes had a spectacular rookie season, Trout is a lock to win the award. The A's rookie outfielder ranked second among AL rookies with 70 runs, 25 doubles, 23 homers, 82 RBIs, 43 walks, and 53 extra-base hits. Trout, however, finished first in virtually every category.The Angels' 21-year-old outfielder became the first major leaguer ever to steal 49 bases, score 129 runs, and hit 30 homers in a single season. He hit .326 with 83 RBIs and a .399 on-base percentage. He is also a finalist for AL Most Valuable Player.The AL Rookie of the Year Award will be announced next Monday, Nov. 12.

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

A's minor league video coordinator Mark Smith unexpectedly dies at 41

OAKLAND, Calif. – Mark Smith, the Oakland A’s Minor League Video Coordinator, passed away on Monday in Arizona. He was 41 years old. 

“The Oakland A’s suffered a tremendous loss today with the unexpected passing of Mark,” said Billy Beane, Oakland A’s executive vice president of baseball operations. “He was a valued member of our organization. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.” 

Smith served as the A’s Minor League Video Coordinator for eight seasons. He was instrumental in the creation of the department in 2009. Before joining the A’s, he was a member of the United States Air Force from 1998 – 2007. 

Funeral services are pending.

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Report: Red Sox, White Sox agree on blockbuster trade

Report: Red Sox, White Sox agree on blockbuster trade

The Red Sox and White Sox reportedly made a blockbuster deal on Tuesday morning.

Chicago is sending Chris Sale to Boston in exchange for four prospects, according to Fox Sports' Rosenthal.

Sale went 17-10 with a 3.34 ERA last season and registered a league-leading six complete games.

He has been an All-Star each of the last five years.

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