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MLB notes: Rays' Cash, Giants' Kapler named top managers
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MLB notes: Rays' Cash, Giants' Kapler named top managers

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Tampa Bay’s Kevin Cash became the second skipper to be named manager of the year in back-to-back seasons, taking the American League award Tuesday night.

San Francisco’s Gabe Kapler won the NL honor.

Cash led the low-payroll Rays to a second consecutive AL East crown. Tampa Bay (100-62) finished with the AL’s best record before losing to Boston in the Division Series.

Bobby Cox had been the only person to be named manager of the year two straight seasons, doing it with Atlanta in 2004-05.

Seattle’s Scott Servais finished second behind Cash in the voting by members of the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Houston’s Dusty Baker was third.

Cash received 19 of the 30 first-place votes.

Kapler won the NL award after guiding San Francisco to a franchise-best 107 victories in his second season with the Giants. He beat out Craig Counsell of the Milwaukee Brewers and Mike Shildt of the St. Louis Cardinals.

In a year when the star-laden Dodgers and Padres were supposed to compete for NL West supremacy, San Francisco surged to the best record in baseball. The Giants beat out the Dodgers by a game for the division crown, although they lost to Los Angeles in a tightly contested Division Series.

Counsell finished second after leading the Brewers to the NL Central title. Shildt was third — a month after he was fired over what Cardinals president John Mozeliak described as philosophical differences.

Kapler received 28 of the 30 first-place votes, which were cast before the playoffs began.

Berrios, Blue Jays reach seven-year deal

TORONTO — The Toronto Blue Jays reached an agreement with pitcher Jose Berríos on a seven-year, $131 million deal, a source familiar with the matter told The Associated Press.

The Blue Jays acquired the 27-year-old right-hander at the July trade deadline from the Minnesota Twins.

The two-time All-Star was due to become a free agent after the 2022 season.

Berríos went 5-4 with a 3.58 ERA in 12 starts with Toronto down the stretch. He finished 12-9 last season with a 3.52 ERA overall. Berríos, who is from Puerto Rico, was taken 32nd overall by the Twins in the 2012 amateur draft and has been a durable and reliable starter.

Angels reach terms with Syndergaard

The Los Angeles Angels pitching staff makeover is underway.

The team agreed to terms with starting pitcher Noah Syndergaard on a one-year, $21 million deal, according to several media reports, striking a deal with the former All-Star to join their rotation for the 2022 season.

Syndergaard, 29, was one of the more interesting names on the free agent market this winter. Once among baseball’s most promising young pitchers, the right-hander has thrown only two innings the last two years after undergoing Tommy John surgery in March 2020.

He was extended a one-year, $18.4 million qualifying offer by the New York Mets to return to the team next season.

After posting a 3.24 ERA as a rookie in 2015, he earned his lone All-Star selection in a 2016 season in which he had a 2.60 ERA, won 14 games and struck out 218 batters.

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