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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?

No suspense in ASG. NL gets 5 in first, wins 8-0.

Justin Verlander gave up five runs in the first, and the AL were down 5-0 before they came to bat. Melky Cabrera hit a HR for the NL as they won 8-0.

The AL only got six hits, and two were by the Yankees. Jeter and Cano each went 1 for 2, Granderson 0 for 2.

KC fans were once again classless in their treatment of Cano. How classless? From Twitter:

Daniel Barbarisi@DanBarbarisi

Cano said people were yelling things at his family when they went to the bathroom. Cano was not pleased.

Billy Butler is a nice player who has never hit 25 HR in a season. If not for the rule that each team (no matter how lousy) has to have a rep in the All-Star Game, he may or may not be an All-Star, and of course MLB wants to avoid the embarrassment of the hosting team having no All-Star of its own to showcase. Butler has had a nice year so far. But really. Butler over Bautista or say, Fielder in the Home Run Derby? Who, outside of KC, is going to tune in to that? I mean, say it’s 1958. Who do you want to see in a home run derby, Bob Cerv or Mickey Mantle? Get real, KC.

The win ensures home field in the WS for the NL pennant winner for the third straight year.

The MVP of the game was Melky Cabrera. What Yankees fan would have thought that a few years ago? Congrats, Melky.

KC fans could only wish he were still a Royal.

Tough matchup, and errors large and small

The Yankees tonight will have a tough matchup. Nova vs. Verlander. Verlander, of course, won both the CYA and the MVP last year. Nova, meanwhile, has won his last 15 regular season decisions. Will the streak continue?

The Tigers, meanwhile, have their own issues. OF Delmon Young was arrested early this morning while highly inebriated (NY Post) and after assaulting a man in front of a midtown hotel.

A bit of lazy reporting: my hometown newspaper lists last night’s starter for the Yankees’ AAA team as ex-major leaguer Russ Ortiz. Wrong. It was ex-major leaguer Ramon Ortiz. The writer might have seen R. Ortiz and assumed. Rule of reporting: Don’t assume. Get the facts. He may have remembered Russ’ career but not Ramon’s. Still in all, he could have doublechecked. To me, that’s just laziness.

Verlander first pitcher to win an MVP in 19 years. Nathan goes to Texas.

Justin Verlander won the MVP award today, adding to his CYA this year.

The last pitcher to win an MVP was reliever Dennis Eckersley in 1992. The last starter? Roger Clemens in 1986.

In the NL, the last pitcher to win an MVP was Bob Gibson in 1968.

One ironic thing is this: since 2B Charlie Gehringer won the MVP in 1937 (an award I think Joe D. should have won that year), every Tiger that has won the award since has been a pitcher.

1944-1945 (WWII years) Hal Newhouser 29 and 26 wins.
1968 Denny McLain, 31 wins.
1984 Willie Hernandez
2011 Justin Verlander 24 wins.

As far as Yankees are concerned, it’s interesting that big $$$$ personnel like Jeter, CC and Alex got nothing.

Instead:

Granderson finished fourth. Cano sixth (how could four writers leave Cano out of the top 10 on their ballot?)

Mark Teixeira finished 19th despite the .248 B.A. (39 HR, 111 RBI).

No Mo.

But David Robertson got a 10th place vote, putting him 22nd in the voting.

In other news: Joe Nathan signed with Texas as a free agent. I don’t know where Texas would put him (Feliz) but it makes their BP that much stronger.

Update: Judging from Twitter, (SI’s Heyman, ESPN’s Olney) Feliz is to be moved into the rotation. Well, that’s one way to counter the loss of Wilson (also to counter the collapse of Feliz in WS Game 6).

Verlander unanimous AL CYA winner

Justin Verlander was named the AL Cy Young Award winner today by a unanimous vote after winning the AL Triple Crown of pitching, leading the league in wins (24, while going 24-5), ERA and strikeouts.

CC Sabathia finished fourth. The ageless one, Mariano Rivera, who will be 42 in two weeks, finished eighth, and it was nice to see David Robertson and his 1.08 ERA and 13.5 K/9 IP ratio come in 11th, which is nice for a setup man.

Baseball news today: Mark Kotsay signs with SD, Mark Ellis with the Dodgers.

Yanks set ALDS rotation, Posada to DH

First of all, this (thanks to my cousin Sean):

The Yanks set their ALDS rotation. CC, Nova, Garcia, CC (on 3 days rest), Nova.

The big problem? A rookie in a do-or-die Game 5…vs. Verlander.

Being that the Tigers have all righty starters, Posada will be the DH.

 

 

Yesterday in the minors.

AAA: SWB lost 7-6 in front of a sparse crowd, including yours truly. Gus Molina 3 hits, 2 RBI. HR by Justin Maxwell. Adam Warren 4 R 2 ER in 4 IP (1-1, 3.97). Amaury Sanit 3 R in 3 IP.

AA: 4-3 win for AA Trenton. Craig Heyer 3 R in 6 ip. (3-2, 3.03). Austin Romine (.287) 2 RBI.

High A: Tampa won 7-1. Jason Place 2 hits, double, HR, 3 RBI. Walt Ibarra 3 hits (.286). Brett Marshall 1 R, 2 H in 6 ip (2-4, 6.75).

Low A: Charleston lost 5-1. Slade Heathcott 2 for 4, (.340).

Back to the majors for a second. Ethier’s hit streak stopped at 30 (as Joe D. said, call me when they reach 40). Justin Verlander with a no-no. Only a 12-pitch walk kept him from a perfecto. That’s the second no-no in less than a week, since Liriano tossed one last Tuesday.