Tim Lincecum added to his Players Choice Award as the NL's Outstanding Pitcher by earning the writers' award, too.
11/12/2008 12:46 PM ET
Tim Lincecum adds to his awards
Giants pitcher continues to betray his small stature
Lincecum, who was honored by his fellow players in October, received 23 of the 32 first-place votes for's NL Cy Young Award, the Baseball Writers Association of America announced on Tuesday.
"This kid is a tough SOB," general manager Brian Sabean told the San Francisco Chronicle. "Our team knows that. His size belies that. He goes out and competes. Every single day he has the ball in his hand, he expects to win, and our team expects to win. This kid never backed off. He got knocked down a couple of times. He certainly could have gone in a different direction, but I can't say enough about his presence."
Lincecum joined Mike McCormick as the only Giants pitchers to win the Cy Young Award.
Burrell hopes to continue run with Phillies: Pat Burrell, a member of the Phillies organization since 1998, says that he'd like to return to the Phillies in 2009 but hasn't heard anything from them just yet.
"You never know what's going to happen," Burrell told the Philadelphia Inquirer. "I think it's been very clear that I want to stay, and they know that. But at the same time, I don't know what the direction of the organization is. Either way, I've got nothing but positive things and thanks to say to the organization for my time here. And obviously, this past couple weeks has been the end of it all. I want to be back, but I don't know what's going to happen."
No burgers for McCann: Brian McCann, who played in 145 games last season, is working out and making dietary sacrifices to ensure he can play his whole career behind the plate.
"I want to be a catcher," McCann, who became only the seventh catcher in history to make the All-Star team each of his first three full seasons, told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "I want to play my whole career behind the plate. I don't even want to consider playing first base. I'd like to play every day, but at the same time, it's just something that comes with the position."
This year, McCann is changing his diet. Along with his brother, Brad, a former Minor Leaguer, he is giving up cheeseburgers and eating more grilled chicken, hoping to lose weight to take pressure off his knees.
Longoria in elite company with unanimous vote: Evan Longoria, who has already been voted the AL's Outstanding Rookie by his peers, was named AL Rookie of the Year by the Baseball Writers Association of America on Monday.
"Obviously this is where, as a baseball player, I wanted to be," Longoria told the St. Petersburg Times. "But if I told you two years ago I'd be in this situation, I'd be lying. It's all been a dream come true. Like I said, as a kid, it's what you dream of happening."
Longoria started the season in Triple-A, but joined the Rays on April 12. He went on to hit 27 home runs and drive in 85 runs despite missing 30 games with a fractured wrist.
Longoria, who was also named to the All-Star team this season, is the first Tampa Bay player to claim the Rookie of the Year award and only seventh player to win by a unanimous vote, and the first since 1997 (Nomar Garciaparra). Other unanimous winners were Derek Jeter, Tim Salmon, Sandy Alomar Jr., Carlton Fisk and Mark McGwire.
Soto credits Blanco for top NL rookie honors: Geovany Soto, following a rookie campaign in which he batted .285 with 23 home runs and 86 RBIs, is the baseball writers' choice as NL Rookie of the Year.
Soto, who also became the first rookie catcher to start for the NL in an All-Star game, gave much of the credit for his success to his backup, Henry Blanco.
"If it wasn't for him, I don't think I'd be doing the things I've been doing," Soto told the Chicago Tribune. "It was very important for me to have Henry Blanco on my side."
Bonifacio could be headed to third with Marlins: The Marlins traded two arbitration-eligible players to the Nationals in exchange for second base prospect Emilio Bonifacio.
Marlins president Larry Beinfest indicated a position change may be in Bonifacio's future, with Dan Uggla remaining at second.
"Specifically, we're really going to take a look at him at third base," Beinfest told the South Florida Sun-Sentinel. "We talked internally about Bonifacio, [Cameron] Maybin and Hanley [Ramirez] in the same lineup, and we're getting to where we want to be in terms of speed. ... Whether it's the first week in April or soon there after is up to Emilio, but we traded some good players to get him and we think he'll be an everyday guy."
Olsen, Willingham are newest Nats: The Nationals landed Scott Olsen and Josh Willingham in the trade with the Marlins for Emilio Bonafico. Olsen is a young pitcher with upside who can log innings, while Willingham brings a power bat to the team.
"We feel they are both coming into their own," general manager Jim Bowden told The Washington Post, as flat-screen televisions nearby showed a loop of highlights from both players. "Certainly, we know what we can expect from both of them."
Giles to remain with Padres: The Padres have picked up the option year on Brian Giles' contract.
Giles, who vetoed a trade to Boston this past season, ended up batting .306 with 12 home runs and 63 RBIs and led the team with a .398 on-base percentage.
"He's a professional hitter, a guy that kind of really makes our offense go," Padres general manager Kevin Towers told the San Diego Union-Tribune. "Those guys are hard to find out there, even in the free-agent market. That was a move that we felt we needed to make. If we had let him go, it would have been $3 million to let go of what I feel is a pretty good asset."
Free agent Loretta lands on Arizona's radar: The agent for Mark Loretta, who has played for the Houston Astros the past two seasons, is considering the Arizona Diamondbacks as a possible destination for the hard-hitting infielder.
"We've had positive communication," agent Bob Garber told the East Valley Tribune. "It's still too early [in the process] for each of us."
Pettitte hopes for another year in New York: Andy Pettitte has stated that he would like to return to the New York Yankees in 2009 and doesn't mind going year by year at this stage of his career.
"One year's fine," Pettitte told Newsday. "I think I've made it perfectly clear where I'd like to play baseball at."
Street, Smith, Gonzalez join Rockies: The Colorado Rockies acquired Huston Street, Greg Smith and Carlos Gonzalez in a trade from Oakland that sent Matt Holliday to the Athletics. The deal was contingent on players passing their physicals.
"It's a little sad to leave Oakland, but the sweet end of the deal is that I am getting an opportunity in the National League," Smith told the Denver Post.
Street will presumably take over the closer's role for the Rockies with the departure of Brian Fuentes.
Street has recorded 94 saves in the last four years. Smith will compete for a spot in the rotation after going 7-16 with a 4.16 ERA this past season. Gonzalez, who is only 23, is considered a top prospect.
Blalock stays with Rangers, mostly at DH: Hank Blalock, who moved from third to first midway through last season due to a sore shoulder, will see duty as the Rangers' designated hitter in 2009, too.
"It'll primarily be as the DH," manager Ron Washington told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. "I can guarantee you he won't just be a DH. He will have his days in the field."
Encarnacion still recuperating: Juan Encarnacion, who has been out of baseball since being struck in the face by a foul ball in August 2007, continues his struggle to regain his sight.
"I believe he still has a difficult road ahead," general manager John Mozeliak told MLB.com. "He was part of a special year here, culminating in the 2006 World Series championship. He was a good teammate, and he understood that being a professional baseball player was very special. We here in St. Louis all wish him the very best."
Encarnacion has had several surgeries since getting struck by the ball.
Eyre opts for extended stay in Philly: Scott Eyre, who joined the world champion Phillies on Aug. 7, has agreed to return for another season.
"I'm excited," Eyre told the Philadelphia Daily News. "I don't think I even filed for free agency. I knew I wanted to be back and I let it be known."
The Phillies felt the same way. "I thought Scott was tremendous for us," said pitching coach Rich Dubee. "It gave us a left-handed guy we could go to early in the game."
Votto building on successful first season: Joey Votto, who led all National League rookies with a .297 batting average and 24 home runs in 2008, finished second in the NL Rookie of the Year voting to the Cubs' Geovany Soto.
Soto and Votto were first or second in all three "triple crown" categories this year among rookies.
"I want to be ready to compete next year and help this club take a step in the right direction," Votto told MLB.com. "Whether it's a .500 record or getting into the playoffs -- I don't know which one -- but it has to be in the right direction."
Alexei Ramirez headed back to shortstop: Alexei Ramirez, who is set to move from second base to shortstop for the White Sox in 2009, says he is glad to be back at his natural position.
"I'd be extremely happy," Ramirez told the Chicago Tribune of his impending switch. "It's my natural position."
-- Red Line Editorial