Never in doubt: Justin Verlander cruises to the AL Cy Young Award

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What, you were expecting someone else?

Justin Verlander ran away with the AL Cy Young Award today, garnering all 28 first place votes.  In his dust were Jered Weaver, James Shields CC Sabathia and Jose Valverde.  If you want to get mad about downballot stuff go ahead, but it kind of doesn’t matter here.

Verlander had a phenomenal season, of course. He won the pitching triple crown, leading the league in wins (24), ERA (2.40) and strikeouts (250). He also led the league in winning percentage (.828) starts (34), innings (251), WHIP (.920) and hits allowed per nine innings (6.2).

The real conversation about Justin Verlander and postseason awards ceased to be about the Cy Young Award sometime in the middle of the year.  The real question is whether he’ll win the MVP Award.  We’ll find that out on November 21.

Colby Rasmus signs a minor league deal with the Orioles

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Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that Colby Rasmus has agreed to a minor league deal with the Baltimore Orioles.

Rasmus, 31, played only 37 games with the Rays last year. The reason: the previous offseason he underwent surgery to repair his left hip labrum and his core muscle, and the hip continued to bother him throughout spring training. He began the season on the disabled list and made his debut on May 2, hitting .281/.318/.579 in 129 plate appearances before going back on the DL June 23. He’d never return, “stepping away” from the game in the words of the club, which placed him on the restricted list for the remainder of the season.