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12 posts from November 2013

November 05, 2013

Jose Fernandez is finalist for Cy Young, Rookie

It's trophy season, and Jose Fernandez is a finalist for a couple of big ones: N.L. Rookie of the Year and Cy Young.

The Baseball Writers Association of America announced their award finalists Tuesday.

Fernandez, 21, will likely hear his name called when the writers announce N.L. Rookie next Monday. The right-hander already has received the top N.L. rookie nod from The Sporting News, Baseball America and at the Players' Choice Awards.

The BBWAA vote should turn out no differently. Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig and Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller are the other two rookie finalists.

The Cy Young Award should prove to be a bit more difficult for Fernandez, as he is up against Dodgers left-hander Clayton Kershaw and Cardinals ace Adam Wainwright. That award will be announced Nov. 13. No Marlins pitcher has ever received the honor.

Kershaw led the N.L. with a 1.83 ERA and in strikeouts. Fernandez was second with a 2.19 ERA.

For the complete list of finalists, including MVP and Manager awards, click here. You can also check it out at sportsmanias.com.

November 04, 2013

Marlins claim speedy Paredes off waivers

     The Marlins claimed speedy but light-hitting utility man Jimmy Paredes off waivers on Monday from the Houston Astros.

      Paredes, 24, has hit just .234 in parts of three seasons with the Astros but has shown versatility by playing four different positions: second, third, left and right. The Dominican-born player has stolen at least 23 bases in four of his previous five minor league seasons.

      But, with an on-base percentage of just .274 in the majors, he has had few chances to flaunt his speed on the base paths.


      The Marlins did not make qualifying offers to any of their five free agents -- Chad Qualls, Placido Polanco, Juan PIerre, Austin Kearns and Matt Diaz -- before Monday's deadline.