Wire Taps: NL Cy Young + Nationals GM Meetings Rumors

Drew Hallowell

Washington Nationals' right-hander Jordan Zimmermann finished seventh in the voting for the 2013's NL Cy Young Award, which went to LA Dodgers' lefty Clayton Kershaw. At the GM Meetings in Florida, Nats' GM Mike Rizzo started talks with agents for the Nationals' targets...

There was one holdout who refused to follow the masses (or conventional wisdom, stats, logic) and vote for Los Angeles Dodgers' left-hander Clayton Kershaw as the NL Pitcher of the Year in the race for the SB Nation's version of the Cy Young Award voted on by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. The one first-place vote for a pitcher other than Kershaw in the SB Nation's voting was cast for the New York Mets' Matt Harvey. When the BBWAA announced the results of the voting for the 2013 NL Cy Young last night there was near-unanimity there as well, with all but one vote cast for Kershaw, though in that case the St. Louis Cardinals' Adam Wainwright got the only other first-place vote.

Kershaw, 25, won the Cy Young in the National League for the second time in three years after finishing first in 2011 and second to then-NY-Mets' starter R.A. Dickey in 2012. Kershaw finished the 2013 campaign, his sixth in LA, with a (16-9) record, a 1.83 ERA, 2.39 FIP, 52 walks (1.98 BB/9) and 232 Ks (8.85 K/9) in 33 games and 236 IP for the NL West Champion Dodgers.

• Here are the Top 5 in the BBWAA's voting for the NL Cy Young:

  1. Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers
  2. Adam Wainwright, Cardinals
  3. Jose Fernandez, Marlins,
  4. Craig Kimbrel, Braves
  5. Matt Harvey, Mets

Nationals' right-hander Jordan Zimmermann finished 7th overall in the race for the Cy Young, receiving six 3rd place votes and three 5th place votes.

Here's how Doghouse and I voted for the SB Nation's NL Pitcher of the Year:

Doghouse's Ballot:

  1. Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers
  2. Matt Harvey - Mets
  3. Adam Wainwright - Cardinals
  4. Cliff Lee - Phillies
  5. Jordan Zimmermann - Nationals

Patrick Reddington's Ballot:

  1. Clayton Kershaw - Dodgers
  2. Adam Wainwright - Cardinals
  3. Jose Fernandez - Marlins
  4. Cliff Lee - Phillies
  5. Matt Harvey - Mets

• Here are today's links... Starting RIGHT NOW!!!:

• THE BIG STORY!!!:

• "The Nationals have already reached out to several free agent lefty relievers, including Boone Logan of the New York Yankees and the San Francisco GiantsJavier Lopez." - "Washington Nationals focus on improving bench and bullpen during offseason" - Adam Kilgore, The Washington Post

• NATS BEAT:

• "Zimmermann received six third-place votes and three fifth-place votes. He finished the season with 19 wins, tied with Adam Wainwright (the Cy Young runner-up) for most in the National League." - "Nationals Pastime: Zimmermann finishes seventh in NL Cy Young voting" - Dan Kolko, MASNSports.com

• "Jordan Zimmermann of the Nationals place seventh in voting this year with 21 points, capping an All-Star campaign for the 27-year-old." - "Jordan Zimmermann places 7th in NL Cy Young voting" - Chase Hughes, Comcast SportsNet Washington

• "In their search for left-handed relief pitching, the Nationals have reached to out San Francisco Giants free agent Javier Lopez, Lopez’s agent Barry Meister said." - "Nationals interested in Javier Lopez" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "On Oct. 10, I said that if the Nationals want to acquire a pitcher such as Rays left-hander David Price, they may have to trade young talent such as Rendon." - "Nationals Inbox: Could team look to trade Anthony Rendon?" - Bill Ladson, nationals.com: News

• "'You got some lefties like [Sammy] Solis who could go to the bullpen if he had to, if you needed him to,' Rizzo said." - "Sammy Solis a possible lefty relief solution" - Adam Kilgore, Washington Post

• "Is there anything to read into all of this? Perhaps not, but perhaps this is a sign that this offseason will be progressing more rapidly than previous ones." - "Hot Stove League could fire up earlier than usual" - Mark Zuckerman, Nats Insider

• "Throughout the season, Danny Espinosa’s continued struggles at the plate begged for an explanation." - "On Danny Espinosa’s torn rotator cuff"- James Wagner, Washington Post

• Your Daily Message From The Dalai Lama On Twitter (@DalaiLama):

• NATIONAL(S) BEAT:

• "[Roy] Clark, a key ally of Dodgers President Stan Kasten when both men were with the Atlanta Braves and Washington Nationals, helped build strong minor-league systems in both organizations." - "Dodgers add Roy Clark as key scouting executive" - Bill Shaikin and Dylan Hernandez, latimes.com

• "There's a report that the former Athletics and Nationals catcher is on the Cubs' shopping list." - "Cubs Free Agent Target: Kurt Suzuki" - Al Yellon, Bleed Cubbie Blue

• "The D-backs — like another interested club, the Nationals — know that they could part with less for Scherzer, who is only one year away from free agency, than for Rays lefty David Price, who is under club control for two more years." - "Los Angeles Angels, New York Yankees determined to add starting pitchers" - Ken Rosenthal, MLB News | FOX Sports on MSN

• "Diamondbacks, Nationals will pursue Scherzer" - Matt Sullivan, MLB Daily Dish

• "A team like the Rangers, with their abundant top prospects, matches up well for a trade with Tampa Bay, as would the Nationals." - "Window for Tigers may be closing, but they shouldn't trade Scherzer" - Joe Lemire, SI.com

• "Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw is the NL Cy Young Award winner for the second time in three years and Tigers righty Max Scherzer won his first Cy Young as the AL honoree in Baseball Writers' Association of America voting results announced Wednesday." - "Clayton Kershaw, Max Scherzer win 2013 Cy Young Awards" - John Schlegel, MLB.com: News

• NATSTOWN/MINORS:

• "Souza said he and Meyer shared a smile as he rounded the bases." - "Steven Souza's first AFL homer propels Mesa over Glendale" = Teddy Cahill, MLB.com: News

• "Nats Talk On The Go: Episode 69" - The Nats Blog

• "Holding Court: Haggling at the Trade Market" - courtswift, Nationals 101

• NL EAST UPDATES:

Braves: "When the City of Atlanta takes a wrecking ball to Turner Field at some point after the 2016 season, as the mayor indicates is the plan, it's going to be both sad and absurd." - "Like it or not, Braves' planned move understandable" - David O'Brien, www.ajc.com

Phillies: "In the 3 years since Jayson Werth left South Philly for Washington, the Phillies have failed to find a replacement in the form of a righthanded-hitting rightfielder." - "Phillies sign Byrd for rightfield" - Ryan Lawrence, Philadelphia Daily News

Mets: "'The Mets are like NASA,' Boras said. 'They have big rockets, a lot of platforms and very few astronauts. Astronauts are hard to find.'" - "Scott Boras rips Mets, says team is like NASA but has no astronauts" - Kristie Ackert, NY Daily News

Marlins: "The Marlins have no plans to deal their ace. But everyone else is fair game, some more so than others." - "Miami Marlins might deal starting pitcher" - Clark Spencer, MiamiHerald.com

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