BBWAA changes Cy Young ballot, adds Forman

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This afternoon the Baseball Writers Association of America got together to vote on various issues and the meeting produced a couple interesting pieces of news.
First and foremost they voted to expand the Cy Young ballot from three spots to five spots, which is no doubt in response to the uproar caused by two writers leaving Chris Carpenter off their ballots last month. My suggestion is that the change should forever be known as the Keith Law Law.
And after adding several internet-based writers last year for the first time, the BBWAA will now open its doors for Sean Forman. You may not recognize that name, but Forman is the man behind the most indespensible, invaluable baseball website in the world (besides this one, of course): He’s done a tremendous amount of work to advance both the history of baseball and the availability of statistics, and also happens to be one hell of a nice guy.

Henderson Alvarez signs with Tigres de Quintana Roo

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Free agent right-hander Henderson Alvarez signed a deal with the Tigres de Quintana Roo of the Mexican Baseball League earlier this week, FanRag Sports’ Jon Heyman reported Friday. The righty wasn’t necessarily too fringey a player to hack it in the big leagues, but there were no MLB takers in attendance during his showcase in Venezuela last month and he clearly felt it best to try his luck elsewhere.

The 27-year-old’s last major league gig came with the Phillies, for whom he delivered a 4.30 ERA, 6.8 BB/9 and 3.7 SO/9 over 14 2/3 innings in 2017. While he’s not too far removed from his first and only All-Star bid in 2014, he was besieged by shoulder issues in 2015 and 2016 and underwent season-ending surgeries as a result.

That added injury risk, coupled with the fact that he hasn’t pitched more than 22 innings in a single season since 2014, may have been too much for major league teams to take on this spring. Assuming he steers clear of further injuries, however, a return to the majors may not be entirely out of the question in years to come.