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More awards, a signing, and a huge trade.

Manager of the Year Awards went out last night. Davey Johnson of Washington won for the N.L., and the A.L. award went to Bob Melvin of Oakland.

I thought Buck Showalter of Baltimore would win in the A.L., but he lost 16 first-place votes to 12. I’m not saying Melvin wasn’t deserving, but I thought Buck would get it.

Today, the CYA winners were announced. David Price of Tampa Bay edged out Detroit’s Justin Verlander for the A.L. award by just four points. The N.L.  award went to R. A. Dickey of the Mets, who became the first knuckleballer to ever win the award.

Tomorrow, the MVPs.

Torii Hunter signed a 2-yr. deal with Detroit. You would think that Hunter, winner of 9 Gold Glove awards, will help the Tiger defense, what with being next to Austin Jackson in that big outfield in Detroit. Hunter wanted 2 years, and the Yanks wouldn’t go for that, even if Swisher goes. Hunter got those 2 years, along with $26MM, from the Tigers. Hunter, who will be 38 next June (and it may be a good thing the Yanks DID NOT get him, what with their present age concerns), hit .313-16-92, OPS+ 132 for the Angels this past year. Yes, an excellent year, but you have to ask how many players 35+ you want on the Yankees.

As for the Yankees, they better watch out. Toronto made a huge trade. If the old players on the Yankees show their age, then the Yanks could very well slip to 3rd or 4th place in the A.L. East. The Blue Jays picked up a #1 AND a #2 starter from the Marlins in Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, as well as an All-Star SS in Jose Reyes. They also got C John Buck and speedy utility man Emilio Bonifacio in the deal. (Reyes and Bonifacio combined for 70 SB, and Bonifacio only played in 64 games).

There is rumors that Miami isn’t done. I see on the BBD blog that the Yanks are thinking about bringing back Ibanez (I’m against it, he’ll be 41 next June) and thinking about Ricky Nolasco of the Marlins. I also see a rumor that Miami may shop Logan Morrison.

Nolasco, 29, was 12-13, 4.48, ERA+ 88 last year. I don’t want that. For his career, he is 76-64, 4.49. His 162 g. average is 14-12, 4.49. Figure in the DH league he goes something like 13-13, 4.80. That’s not good enough in my book.

I’d rather let Ibanez go and go after Morrison if the Marlins have him on the block. I appreciate what Ibanez did last year (esp. in the postseason), but he will be 41 next June. How many old players do you want on the Yankees (think Pettitte, Jeter, Rivera, A-Rod, maybe Kuroda, maybe Ichiro… Jones is most likely gone, if Chavez comes back, he is 35, Ichiro…). Morrison is 25, LF/1B. With Gardner maybe moving to CF and Granderson to LF, Morrison can DH, play RF and fill in at 1B once in a while (he seems better suited for DH, his defense isn’t good). He hit just .230-11-36 (OPS+ 91) last year, but is young, a lefty hitter, 6’3″ 240 and hopefully can use that to take advantage of the porch. He hasn’t done badly vs. lefties (.247 vs. righties and .259 vs. lefties). He hit 23 HR in 2011. His 162 g. average is .250-21-73. OPS+ 110. Younger than Ibanez, more potential, can probably put up better numbers in 2013 than Raul.

But getting back to Toronto. This is a big deal for them. Let’s face it. The Yanks have an OLD team. If the Yanks don’t watch it, they can fall to fourth place in a hurry, maybe even last. God forbid. But look at the division. Good young players in Baltimore, Tampa Bay, and now Toronto made a big move. Goodness knows how Boston will rebuild.

Yes, I know the Yanks had the best record in the league last year. But they were exposed in the playoffs.

There is a fine line between experienced, and old.

Will the Yanks inject some youth in 2013?

The soap opera continues. Could A-Rod return?

It’s interesting in that Buster Olney, ESPN and Mike Lupica today all have comments on the possible return of A-Rod to the Yankees. Could A-Rod and the Yanks actually be discussing it?

Far-fetched? All make points that maybe this time, Boras has bitten off more than he could chew–that the only team out there who could come reasonably close to meeting what Boras and Alex are commanding is indeed the team he opted-out so ungraciously from.

It could be that the Yanks called A-Rod’s bluff and won. Maybe A-Rod needs to visit those poker dens more often.

How sweet would it be for Boras and A-Rod to come hat-in-hand (or as beggardly as one could be considering the amount of $$$ offered here) because they have overpriced themselves?

There are a few things that would have to happen first though, and many problems to consider that would be encountered.

A-Rod would have to meet with the Yankees’ brass by himself. No Boras. There would have to be a lot of apologizing by Alex for 1) opting-out 2) opting-out when he did 3) not even giving the Yanks a chance to make an offer, which as it may turn out, would have been the best offer.

IMHO, the offer would have to stand as is. Strike that. As is BUT $21 million LESS than the original offer. Sorry Alex, but you screwed the Yanks out of $21 million of Rangers money and now have nowhere to play? Tough. Now you pay the consequences. You want it back? Well, maybe here the Yanks can get creative. How about some incentives? Just saying. But as far as Alex giving the money back? I’ll believe that when I see it.

How are those comments by Hank Steinbrenner going to play out? The ones I AGREE WITH. “If he doesn’t want to play here, we don’t want him.” Does Alex really WANT to play in NY? It sure doesn’t seem so. Where does he want to play, other than the answer “where he gets the most $$$$$$$$ ” (I’d put in 30 million dollar signs, but don’t have the time or space.). How would the Yanks take Alex back but save face on their comments that they wouldn’t pursue him if he opts out? How to take him back without looking desperate (which, let’s face it, as far as their 3B situation/cleanup hitter/Righty power threat goes, they are).

Could A-Rod and the Yanks be a marriage made in hell, such as Billy I, II, III, IV or V or the Burton/Taylor marriages?

Might # 13 actually get # 600, 700 and beyond as a YANKEE and have # 13 go into Monument Park–unlike what I wrote a few weeks ago? Could the soap opera that is A-Rod take on an unexpected plot twist? Those of us who remember Old Timer’s Day 1978 (the first Billy return) won’t put anything past anybody here.

But how would the fans and his teammates react? I mean, the guy opted out. He’s not returning various phone calls by teammates. He wouldn’t exactly be “Feeling the Love” here. There would be the “jilted lover” syndrome from fans and teammates. “You want me to take you back? After you dumped me and played the field?” Hmmmm.

A-Rod is about A-Rod. He is now realizing that he is getting bad PR, that his move may have backfired big-time, and that he may have overpriced himself off of any team.

Only with A-Rod. Only with the Yankees. The soap opera continues, and should A-Rod come back to the Yanks it will be sure to be a long-running one.

Is it worth it?

Other news. Mo receives an offer of $45 million over three years. What is he waiting for? This is more than generous for someone who turns 38 in two weeks. It makes the GOAT (Greatest Of All Time) the highest-paid reliever by $4 mil per season at the age of 38! Rumors have it that Mo wants $18 mil. a year. I hope they are just rumors. There is no way a reliever–any reliever–gets $18 mil/yr., especially one who is 38. I don’t know what is holding Mo up from signing…travel problems, family….but sign it, Mo.

The AL and NL Managers of the Year are announced today. Please, no Joe Torre votes. I’ll have to see how many votes do go to Torre. Update: Torre came in 3rd, with 5 first-place votes, 8 seconds and 12 thirds. The AL Mgr. of the year was Eric Wedge, as expected. Torre was one point behind runnerup Mike Scioscia. NL Mgr. of the year went to Arizona mgr. Bob Melvin. The Mets’ collapse led to a second-place finish for Charlie Manuel of the Phils, and no votes for the Mets’ Willie Randolph.

Jake Peavy of SD should be the unanimous choice for the NL CYA announced tomorrow. 19-6, 2.54 and the NL Pitching Triple Crown (Wins/ERA/K’s) merits you that honor.

UPDATE 11/15. Peavy was the unanimous winner of the NL CYA. Webb 2nd, Penny 3rd.

UPDATE. IT LOOKS LIKE ALEX MAY BE BACK WITH THE YANKEES. See A-Rod’s website http://arod.mlb.com/players/rodriguez_alex/article.jsp?story=111407 for his statement. It looks like A-Rod is realizing that his image is taking a beating and that there is no one out there who can afford him other than the Yanks. A-Rod is all about his image, and it looks like he’ll sacrifice some of the bank account in order to repair a very tarnished image. It seems like A-Rod is doing a lot of the apologizing and hat-in-hand routine that I mentioned above. Good point by Mike Francesa, which is that the Yanks call A-Rod’s bluff and are the big winner here. Another big winner is the Rangers, who get out of paying $21 million. Alex cuts his losses, makes Boras the scapegoat for the World Series fiasco, and comes back to the only team that can give him what he wants. Scott Boras takes a huge hit. He comes across as an ass for what happened in the Series, and possibly loses out on the best player and biggest contract in baseball, as well as possibly some future clients who don’t want to go through the fiasco that A-Rod just did. It looks like 10 years and $275 million. A-Rod doesn’t get the $300 million he may have wanted, and you have to think that the difference is that Texas money. The Yanks basically told A-Rod that they won’t pick it up. They are saying that by opting out, you opted out of that money since we were never going to pick it up. This is one case where if it is true, and Alex is back, then you really have to tip your cap to Cashman and Hank Steinbrenner. They called Boras’ and Alex’ bluff and won. Now for those “jilted lover” questions I mentioned above. How receptive will the fans and teammates be?