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Orioles manager Buck Showalter has been selected as a finalist to win the American League Manager of the Year award. He joins the Cleveland Indians' Terry Francona and the Texas Rangers' Jeff Banister as the other two finalists for the honor. Showalter lead Baltimore to an 89-73 record in 2016 as the Orioles made their third appearance in the playoffs in the past 5 seasons.

In other O's news, the team has extended a qualifying offer to outfielder Mark Trumbo, who lead the team and majors with 47 HR's in the 2016 season. The $17.2M offer will likely be declined by Trumbo, who can test the free agent market coming off the best statistical season of his career.

The team did not extend a qualifying offer to catcher Matt Weiters who is now a free agent. Weiters took the qualifying offer last season to the team's surprise. It is possible that both Trumbo and Weiters return to the Orioles for 2017, but many other teams are also in the market for a power bat and solid catching.

Many were surprised to not see Zach Britton's name in the running for the AL Cy Young Award this year. Britton had possibly the best season ever for a relief pitcher in baseball, converting all 47 save attempts and posting a 0.54 ERA over 67 innings. Britton has already won the Mariano Rivera AL Reliever of the Year Award. The three Cy Young finalists are three starting pitchers in Corey Kluber of the Cleveland Indians, Rick Porcello of the Boston Red Sox, and Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers.

 

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