One day before Hiroki Kuroda has to decide whether to accept the Yankees qualifying offer, Jon Paul Morosi reports that Kuroda has been contacted the Red Sox, who apparently also have interest in signing him. If Kuroda wants to test the waters, it wouldn’t be surprising to see him get more than $13.3 million on the open market, but he’s a tough player to gauge right now.
Also, two quick awards updates…
Silver Sluggers are being announced tonight
MLB Network is broadcasting the announcement starting at 6 p.m. ET.
Obviously Robinson Cano should be a heavy favorite at second base. Derek Jeter should be in the mix at shortstop. I suppose Curtis Granderson is worth mentioning in the outfield because of his home run total, but it’s hard to imagine him winning one this year.
Voting has started for the GIBBY Awards
MLB.com’s postseason awards have a goofy name, but fan voting is part of the process in choosing the winners, so you can vote on the GIBBYs by clicking right here or heading over to the MLB.com page. The Yankees are nominated several times.
Hitter of the Year: Robinson Cano
Setup Man of the Year: Dave Robertson
Defensive Player of the Year: Mark Teixeira
Manager of the Year: Joe Girardi
Executive of the Year: Brian Cashman
Postseason MVP: Raul Ibanez
The GIBBY Awards also single out individual plays and moments, with a few more Yankees in the mix.
Play of the Year: Russell Martin’s play in front of the plate in Game 1 of the ALDS
Hitting Performance of the Year: Curtis Granderson’s 5-for-5, three-homer game.
Walk-off of the Year: Raul Ibanez beating the Red Sox in October.
Postseason Moment of the Year: Raul Ibanez in Game 3 of the ALDS