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Good morning, baseball fans! Your Cy Young Award winners have been named. For the Nation League, Max Scherzer now has Cy Young titles in both the National and American League. Talk about overachieving. Rick Porcello takes home the honor from the AL side, but not without a good ol’ Twitter controversy first. Because the offseason always needs some jazzing up, right?
Here’s a roundup of what’s going on around the National League West.
That Twitter controversy previously mentioned? It was between Kate Upton and the baseball writers. She had some choice words to tweet about her boyfriend, Justin Verlander, being subbed for the Cy Young. While this one of the more tame vocalization, we can see her point.
Hell or high water, Johan Santana will have his comeback in 2017.
“Veteran left-hander Johan Santana will pitch this winter in Venezuela as part of his attempt to land a contract for the 2017 season, a source told SB Nation this afternoon. Santana has not appeared in the majors since 2012.
Santana, who turns 38 in March, has dealt with a variety of injuries since last appearing with the Mets in 2012. He signed minor-league deals with the Orioles (2014) and Blue Jays (2015) in back-to-back seasons, but never made a professional appearance due to setbacks in his recovery.”
The Tigers are talking to everyone lately. This time, it’s with the Dodgers.
“The Dodgers and Tigers have discussed a trade that would send Ian Kinsler to Los Angeles, according to MLB.com’s Jon Morosi.
Morosi adds Kinsler might be an “ideal” option for the Dodgers because of his success against left-handed pitching, and the Tigers could seek prospect Cody Bellinger in a potential trade.
Los Angeles has a clear need at second base, and a trade makes sense for the Tigers, who since the end of the season have expressed interest in decreasing their payroll. However, Kinsler has a partial no-trade clause, according to Morosi, and the Dodgers are considering several options to fill their hole at second base.”
Speaking of crazy ambition pitchers...John Danks wants to pitch next season, too. Maybe he and Johan can start a club.
John Danks plans on pitching in 2017. Good comeback candidate.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) November 16, 2016
“The White Sox released Danks in May, but if he proves he can remain healthy, he could be an inexpensive comeback candidate, Heyman adds.
Danks, 31, proved to be a constant in Chicago's starting rotation. He tossed at least 130 innings between 2013 and 2015 and pitched to an ERA in the mid to upper-threes between 2008 and 2010. Last season, he posted a 7.25 ERA and 6.10 FIP over 22.1 innings.”
The Mariners are interested in Zack Cozart.
“The Mariners are still interested in acquiring Zack Cozart after almost doing so this past trade deadline, according to Bob Dutton of the News Tribune. The Reds’ shortstop was rumored to be part of a deal with the Mariners back in July that would have brought back left-handed pitching prospect Luiz Gohara.
Cozart is coming off one of his best seasons yet. The 31-year-old shortstop set a personal-best in home runs in 2016, hitting 16—one more than his 2012 total. However, despite boasting a good home run total, Cozart only wound up with a .172 ISO and .308 OBP. By wRC+, Cozart finished up the season nine percent worse than league average at generating offense.”
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