2019 Most Valuable Player awards for both the American and National League were announced by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America on Thursday night.
Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout took home his third career MVP representing the junior circuit, while Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Cody Bellinger took home his first representing the senior circuit.
Sticking with the American League side of things once again this time around, the Red Sox had four players receive MVP votes, with Xander Bogaerts finishing in fifth place with a total of 147 points, 2018 AL MVP Mookie Betts finishing in eighth place with a total of 67 points, Rafael Devers finishing in 12th place with a total of 40 points, and J.D. Martinez finishing in 21st place with a total of one point.
By the end of the 2019 season, Betts, Devers, Bogaerts, and Martinez made up the top four of the Sox’ everyday lineup.
Among the quartet, Betts and Devers finished first and second in the American League in runs scored, with Betts crossing the plate 135 times and Devers 129.
In terms of offensive production, Bogaerts led the way for Boston in 2019, as the 27-year-old slashed .309/.384/.555 to go along with a career-best 33 home runs and 117 RBI over 155 games in yet another breakout campaign.
Back in April, Bogaerts inked a seven-year, $132 million extension to stay with the Red Sox for the foreseeable future. That extension does not really kick in until next year.
Going back to Devers, the recently-turned 23-year-old also experienced a great deal of success in a breakout 2019, slashing .311/.361/.555 while pacing the American League in doubles (54) and total bases (359) in addition to mashing a career-high 32 homers and driving in 115 runs over 156 games played.
There have been rumblings that the Sox would like to get an extension done with Devers this offseason as well, meaning the left side of the Boston infield would be set for years to come.
And with J.D. Martinez, only one writer, George A King. III of the New York Post, gave the 33-year-old a 10th place vote, resulting in the 21st place finish.
Earlier in the month, Martinez opted in to the remaining three years and $62 million of the deal he signed with the Sox back in 2018. Granted, he could opt out next winter or even be traded before the start of the 2020 season, depending on what plans chief baseball officer Chaim Bloom and co. have in store for the next few months.
Anyway, the deadline for teams to add players to their 40-man rosters to avoid Rule 5 Draft eligibility is next Wednesday, so that’s the next big offseason event to look forward to.