Another round of hardware was handed out during the MLB offseason awards week on Wednesday night. New York Yankees ace Gerrit Cole and Blake Snell of the San Diego Padres and were named Cy Young winners.
Cole was the unanimous winner in the American League over second-place finisher Sonny Gray (Twins) and second runner-up Kevin Gausman (Blue Jays). This year in pinstripes, Cole went 15-4 and led the American League with a 2.63 ERA. The right-hander threw a pair of complete game shutouts and led the league by making 33 starts.
This is the second time in his career that Snell has won the Cy Young. He also won the award as a member of the Tampa Bay Rays in 2018. This season in San Diego, the left-hander went 14-9 with a league-leading 2.25 ERA and recorded 234 strikeouts across a career-high 32 starts. He beat out fellow finalists Logan Webb (Giants) and Zac Gallen (Diamondbacks).
Awards week concludes on Thursday when the MVPs are named.
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Speaking of Snell, he figures to have a robust market as a free agent this winter. According to Jon Heyman of the New York Post, the Padres are interested in re-signing the two-time Cy Young winner. Along with San Diego, the Dodgers and Giants are among the teams showing interest.
The MLB offseason has been slow to develop so far, but the Milwaukee Brewers and Oakland A’s got together for a trade on Wednesday. Oakland acquired infielder Abraham Toro from Milwaukee in exchange for minor league pitcher Chad Patrick.
Toro, 26, appeared in only nine games for the Brewers last season. He hit .444 (8 for 18) with a pair of home runs and nine RBIs. In his five-year career, Toro has put together a .211/.282/.354 batting line between his time with the Brewers, Mariners and Astros.
Patrick was originally a fourth-round selection of the Diamondbacks in 2021. In three minor league seasons, the right-hander is 9-13 with a 4.96 ERA in 42 appearances/36 starts.
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