Aaron Judge wins the American League Most Valuable Player award, Bo Bichette, Alek Manoah and Vladimir Guerrero Jr. got votes

As mostly everyone expected, Aaron Judge is the 2022 American League Most Valuable Player.

It really isn’t a shock, and even though it wasn’t unanimous (Shohei Ohtani got two first-place votes), everyone and their mother knew he was going to win. And yeah, he had an incredible season, slashing .311/.425.686 with an American League record 62 home runs. He had a career-best 11.4 fWAR, and a 207 wRC+.
Not just that, but the 30-year-old dragged the Yankees to the American League Championship Series, despite having next to no protection around him.
Judge is currently a free agent and is set to make HUGE money after one of the best seasons in history. As a Jays fan, I do hope he leaves the American League, but I’d say there’s a fairly good chance he sticks with the Yankees for the rest of his career.
Los Angeles Angels two-way player Shohei Ohtani finished second, but he had an absolutely historic season like never before. The 28-year-old slashed .273/.356/.519 with 34 homers in 666 plate appearances. This obviously wouldn’t be enough under normal circumstances, but unless you’ve been hiding under a rock, you know why he was a finalist.
Ohtani has a 2.33 ERA and 2.40 FIP in 166 innings pitched as well. This included a 33.2 K% and 6.7 BB%. He also finished in fourth place in the American League Cy Young voting.
Yordan Alvarez finished third in the voting, as he slashed .30 …

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Author: Brennan Delaney / Blue Jays Nation

Breaking news: Jack Campbell expected to sign five-year contract with the Edmonton Oilers

The Edmonton Oilers are expected to sign goaltender Jack Campbell to a five-year, $25 million dollar contract with an average annual value (AAV) of $5M per season, per Kevin Weekes of ESPN.

**Breaking News ** I’m told @MapleLeafs G Jack Campbell is closing in a potential 5Yr X 5M deal with the @EdmontonOilers , situation remains fluid. @NHL @espn @TSNHockey #HockeyTwitter pic.twitter.com/tRGJQ4NW3K
— Kevin Weekes (@KevinWeekes) July 13, 2022

Campbell, who was traded to Toronto in February of 2020 from the Los Angeles Kings along with Kyle Clifford in exchange for Trevor Moore, a 2020 third-round pick and a conditional 2021 third-round pick, quickly became a fan favourite in the city with his kind and loving personality. After being acquired from the Kings, Campbell became the Leafs’ backup goalie after the franchise had trouble with playable backup goalies behind Frederik Andersen.
However, after the 2019-20 season, Campbell quickly took the crease from Frederik Andersen in the 2020-21 shortened season due to injury and poor play and he took it and ran with it until the playoffs hit. He posted a record of 17-3-2 with a GAA of 2.15 and a SV% of .921 in 22 games and followed that up with another solid season last year with the Maple Leafs.
In the 2021-22 campaign, he posted a record of 31-9-6 with a GAA of 2.64 and a SV% of .914 in 49 games which are still pretty darn good If you ask me. Now I know people might be wondering why Toronto just didn’t go ahead and re-sign Campbell given how well he has played in the two and a half years he’s been with the team, and I understand that but how many people would be confident re-signing a 30-year-old goalie with 135 games of NHL experience to the contract that he just signed in Edmonton?
All in all, over Jack’s two and a half years with the organization, he played in 77 games posting a 51-14-9 record and had some pretty solid numbers too with a GAA of 2.50 and a SV% of .916 which is pretty great for someone who has never been looked at as a starting goalie in this league and really only got an opportunity like this just recently in Toronto.
Campbell will join a short list of former Maple Leafs who are also in Edmonton …

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Author: Joseph Zita / The Leafs Nation