Bryce Harper, the Nationals' talented and charismatic 23-year-old right fielder, won the two most significant honors of the 22 awards, which were revealed on MLB Network by hosts Brian Kenny and Dan Plesac and on MLB.com.
Friday's deadline to set 40-man rosters brought with it a flurry of roster moves, including a pair of trades. The Tigers acquired outfielder Cameron Maybin in a deal with the Braves, while Toronto swapped Kyle Hendriks for Oakland's Jesse Chavez. And if Friday's rumors are any indication, there's plenty more trades and signings on the way. Here's a look at some of the top Hot Stove stories from around the big leagues:
In a matter of months, Rich Hill's remarkable path to rejoining a rotation took him from Washington's farm system to independent ball on Long Island and then back to Boston to start in September. The left-hander agreed to a $6 million, one-year contract with the Oakland Athletics on Friday, giving the small-budget franchise a versatile, experienced pitcher who can handle a variety of roles. Hill chose the A's because he gets to start again.
A decade after the Tigers drafted Cameron Maybin to be their center fielder of the future, they reacquired him to help their outfield of the present. The rangy, athletic outfielder rejoined his original organization Friday night in a trade with the Braves for left-handed reliever Ian Krol and lefty prospect Gabe Speier.
Bryce Harper just won the NL MVP unanimously, and that's high praise -- but it's not high enough. What Harper just did is one of the best seasons of all time for any player. To do it at the age he did, well, that's basically a golden ticket to Cooperstown.
The Blue Jays have been in the market for starting pitching, and their offseason shopping continued Friday night as they acquired right-hander Jesse Chavez in a trade with Oakland.
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez says any conversations regarding his 2016 workload will include his agent, Scott Boras, contrary to what the team has said. Marlins President David Samson last week pledged to exclude Boras after the agent complained about the team's handling of another Boras client, Miami outfielder Marcell Ozuna. ''I do not know what all this is all about, but Scott Boras will be there, because he's my agent,'' Fernandez said Friday.
The Oakland Athletics have acquired Liam Hendriks from the Toronto Blue Jays for fellow pitcher Jesse Chavez. Hendriks became a full-time reliever for the first time with Toronto last season and went 5-0 with a 2.92 ERA in 58 appearances. Hendriks is under team control through at least 2020.
A postseason inning for the ages has earned the Blue Jays an Esurance MLB Award.
Baseball's annual award seasons was memorable, filled with Gold Gloves, Silver Sluggers and Cy Youngs. And on Friday we got the grand finale, with the presentation of the Esurance MLB Awards.
Mike Trout is the best baseball player on the planet. That's one of the things of which this season reminded us. Was he baseball's best player in 2015? No, probably not.
Consider this a worthwhile feat of strength: four months later, Jerry Seinfeld's tweet has over 12,600 retweets and 11,900 likes. Never has the intersection of Seinfeld's comedy career and Mets fandom been any more memorable.
They are decisions every Major League organization has to make this time of year. There are only so many open spots on a 40-man roster, and every November, teams have to decide which Minor League prospects deserve one of those coveted slots.
DENVER (AP) -- The Colorado Rockies have designated three relievers for assignment, including right-hander John Axford.
There's no doubt Will Ferrell earned every bit of this award with blood, sweat ... well, maybe just sweat. Lots and lots of sweat.
Cameron Maybin was once a prospect for the Detroit Tigers, with enough potential that they were able to trade him in the deal that brought Miguel Cabrera to Motown. Now Maybin is coming back to Detroit. The Tigers acquired the outfielder from the Atlanta Braves on Friday for left-handers Ian Krol and Gabe Speier.
The Royals added former first-round MLB Draft picks right-hander Kyle Zimmer and outfielder Bubba Starling to their 40-man roster, thus protecting them from exposure to the Rule 5 Draft next month.
NEW YORK (AP) -- The Tampa Bay Rays have claimed New York Yankees pitcher Chase Whitley off waivers while he recovers from Tommy John surgery.
Former first-round Draft pick Danny Hultzen was designated for assignment on Friday by the Mariners as the club made several moves to adjust its 40-man roster prior to the deadline to protect players from the Rule 5 Draft.
San Diego announced the signing of right-handed reliever Cesar Vargas to a Major League deal for 2016, giving the club another potential option late in games. The club also claimed 26-year-old catcher Josmil Pinto from the Twins and added top prospects Manuel Margot and Jose Rondon to the 40-man roster.