Setting up the week ahead
As many of you know already, it’s awards week for Major League Baseball, with the big four BBWAA (Baseball Writers’ Association of America) awards set to be presented to league winners this week. That schedule is as follows:
Monday, Nov. 11: Rookie of the Year
- NL finalists: Shelby Miller, Jose Fernandez, Yasiel Puig
- AL finalists: Chris Archer, Jose Iglesias, Wil Myers
Tuesday, Nov. 12: Manager of the Year
- NL finalists: Fredi Gonzalez, Don Mattingly, Clint Hurdle
- AL finalists: John Farrell, Terry Francona, Bob Melvin
Wednesday, Nov. 13: Cy Young
- NL finalists: Adam Wainwright, Clayton Kershaw, Jose Fernandez
- AL finalists: Max Scherzer, Yu Darvish, Hisashi Iwakuma
Thursday, Nov. 14: MVP
- NL finalists: Yadier Molina, Andrew McCutchen, Paul Goldschmidt
- AL finalists: Miguel Cabrera, Chris Davis, Mike Trout
Each day’s announcement will be made during an MLB Network show at 5 pm CT.
This is not, though, merely a week to applaud 2013 performances. Groundwork for future offseason deals will also be laid this week as all 30 team general managers have descended upon Orlando, Fla., for the General Manager Meetings. Cardinals GM John Mozeliak began canvassing potential trade partners immediately upon the end of the season, but this will provide him the setting for face-to-face meetings with his counterparts. Mozeliak will come away from these meetings with a better idea of where there might be a match of needs and what the asking prices are as he seeks to upgrade his club (starting with the shortstop position).
MLB.com has a staff of reporters in Orlando, so look for daily news stories to update you on any Hot Stove movement and/or other industry news to come out of those meetings this week.
Also coming today will be official word about which players have accepted/declined qualifying offers. The Cardinals made the one-year, $14.1 million qualifying offer to Carlos Beltran last week. He is expected to decline the deal, which would allow Beltran to continue pursuing multiple year offers on the market. The Cardinals will secure a compensation-round pick as a result.
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