Here are some baseball notes on a fairly quiet offseason so far. The New York Mets and New York Yankees haven't done anything although the Toronto Blue Jays have been busy the past few days. In the next couple of weeks when the winter meetings begin I would expect things to pick up.
The Blue Jays made a big trade with the Miami Marlins the other day to aquire Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, John Buck was also part of the trade. The Blue Jays gave up some top prospects and they gave up Yunel Escobar and Adeiny Hechavarria. It was a big trade, I wonder why the Marlins are able to operate like this. In the long run it may benefit them but how can they sign all these players and then break up their team within a year. I think this is just embarrassing and shouldn't be allowed to happen. The Marlins got a new stadium which the tax payers mostly paid for and now they barely even have a team.
The Blue Jays on Friday signed Melky Cabrera to a two year 16 million dollar deal.
The Detroit Tigers signed Torii Hunter to a two year deal, they have some offense on paper. The Padres and Oakland Athletics made a trade on Friday. Oakland sent righty pitcher Tyson Ross to the Padres for infielder Andy Perrino and lefty Andrew Werner. The A's also sent minor leaguer A.J. Kirby-Jones in the deal. The Athletics found a player in Perrino who can play shortstop for them. Ross had a very good season in AAA last year.
The AL MVP was one of the most contested in recent years with Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout. Cabrera won to complete a wonderful season winning the Triple Crown and the MVP. It was and is still a war between the sabremetrics community and the old school baseball community. The Old School won out for now but it really got heated and contentious between the two sides. I personally would of voted for Cabrera myself if I had a vote because the Tigers did win the division and the Angels didn't even make the playoffs. I know you don't have to do that but I give that more weight.
I don't think there were really any suprises in the awards. R.A. Dickey won the NL Cy Young which wasn't a shock although he was the first knuckle ball pitcher to ever win the award. I guess for the AL manager of the year you could of picked Buck Showalter but Bob Melvin won it with the Oakland Athletics who also had a great and very suprising season.
Justin Verlander lost out on his second straight Cy Young but David Price won it, he also had a great season and Verlander didn't have as great of a season as the year before.