Bautista, Votto win Aaron Award

November 01, 2010

The Hank Aaron Award, given to each league's top performer, was presented Sunday before Game 4 of the World Series to Jose Bautista and Joey Votto.

The Blue Jays' Bautista led baseball with 54 home runs. The Reds' Votto spent his summer chasing the Triple Crown before finishing with a .324 average, 37 home runs and 113 RBIs.

•Before Game 4, Commissioner Bud Selig gave strong hints that two extra wild-card teams will be added to the playoffs for 2012. "I like it enough so we'll seriously consider it," he said.

•Yankees general manager Brian Cashman will meet with co-owners Hal and Hank Steinbrenner on Monday in Tampa, Fla., to decide on offers to Derek Jeter, who just ended his 10-year, $189 million contract, and closer Mariano Rivera, 40, who made $15 million in 2010. … ESPN reported former Blue Jays GM J.P. Ricciardi, 51, will join the Mets front office under new GM Sandy Alderson. … Pitcher Hisanori Takahashi, 35, agreed to push back a Sunday deadline on a 2011 contract to Friday so that he can meet with Alderson.

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