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Corey Kluber edges Felix Hernandez for the 2014 American League Cy Young Award


Indians right-hander Corey Kluber has been named the 2014 American League Cy Young Award winner by the Baseball Writers Association of America. He received 17 of the 30 first-place votes. Mariners ace Felix Hernandez received the other 13 and finished second. White Sox lefty Chris Sale came in third.

Kluber was only a mediocre pitcher in 2013 but established himself as a bona fide ace this past year, posting a stellar 2.44 ERA (152 ERA+), 1.095 WHIP, and 269 strikeouts across 235 2/3 innings. Felix had a better ERA (2.14) and WHIP (0.915), but voters are looking beyond traditional statistics these days. And hallelujah to that.

Kluber is the fourth pitcher in Indians franchise history to win the American League Cy Young Award, joining Gaylord Perry (1972), CC Sabathia (2007), and Cliff Lee (2008). The 28-year-old won’t become arbitration-eligible until 2016, so Cleveland should have him on board for at least four more seasons.

CC Sabathia hasn’t thrown off a mound yet, but says he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent”

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CC Sabathia is a huge question mark for the Yankees thanks to two seasons of poor performances and chronic knee problems, but the former Cy Young winner says he’s feeling good three months after surgery.

Sabathia told Pete Caldera of the Bergen Record that he’s “pretty much back to 100 percent” and “I feel good enough to do all my workouts, to play catch and kind of have a normal offseason.”

For now he’s throwing twice a week off flat ground and doesn’t plan to throw off a mound until spring training, so it’ll be tough to gauge his overall readiness for a while.

Sabathia, who was shut down for the season in May, has a 4.87 ERA with 38 homers allowed in 40 starts since 2013. He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.

Yoenis Cespedes joins Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports

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Following in the footsteps of fellow MLB players Robinson Cano, CC Sabathia, and his teammate and countryman Rusney Castillo, Red Sox outfielder Yoenis Cespedes will now be represented by Jay Z’s Roc Nation Sports.

Cespedes was previously represented by Adam Katz of Wasserman Media Group, who negotiated his four-year, $36 million deal with the Athletics in February of 2012. He has one year remaining on that deal, so he’s clearly preparing for what next offseason will bring. Alex Speier of WEEI.com reports that Brodie Van Wagenen will serve as as the point-person in regard to a contract for Cespedes, so this is a similar arrangement to what we have seen with Cano and Castillo.

Cespedes, 29, batted .260/.301/.450 with 22 home runs and 100 RBI over 152 games this season between the Athletics and Red Sox. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote over the weekend that Boston could make him available in a trade as they attempt to address their current outfield logjam.

Report: Yankees manager Joe Girardi ripped into his team before Derek Jeter’s home finale

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Derek Jeter’s final game at Yankee Stadium on Thursday nothing short of perfect, as he ended it with a walk-off RBI single against the Orioles, but the night apparently began on a sour note.

According to Wallace Matthews and Andrew Marchand of ESPN New York, Yankees manager Joe Girardi ripped into his team in the clubhouse before Thursday’s game to express his disappointment about missing the playoffs for the second straight year. In what can best be described as awkward, Girardi reportedly took a break during his speech for the team to present some retirement gifts to Jeter.

According to clubhouse sources who were present for the critique, and backed up by interviews with more than a half-dozen players, most of whom spoke to ESPNNewYork.com off-the-record for fear of angering the manager, Girardi chided some players for being overweight, and others for not being “hungry” enough.

One source described Girardi as “angry,” and said he even took a brief timeout to allow the players, led by CC Sabathia, to present Jeter with the original painting of The New Yorker magazine’s Sept. 8 cover depicting the shortstop waving goodbye, and an expensive watch, before returning to Part Two of his tirade.

“It was a speech the likes of which I’ve never heard him give before,” said the source, who was in the room during the meeting. “It’s something he probably should have said back in spring training.”

Some are overweight while others aren’t hungry enough. Talk about your mixed messages. Anyway, Girardi confirmed that the incident took place, but he characterized it as a “team meeting” and said he was more “disappointed” than “angry.” However, he was clearly peeved that details of the meeting leaked out.

“I’ll tell you what really bothers me, and I’m not blaming you,” he said to the reporter who confronted him about the meeting. “It’s that you know. It’s not right that the meetings you have in the clubhouse get out of the clubhouse.”

The Yankees were officially eliminated from postseason contention on Wednesday night. You could certainly quibble with the timing of the speech, as it felt out of place with the overall tone of the night, but Girardi said that he wanted to address the team at Yankee Stadium and not on the road.

CC Sabathia throws for the first time since knee surgery

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Yankees left-hander CC Sabathia played catch this afternoon, throwing for the first time since undergoing knee surgery in mid-July.

Sabathia has now had a pair of stem cell treatments on his knee and is hoping to be healthy by spring training, but the 34-year-old former Cy Young winner is a major question mark at this point.

Before being shut down he posted a 5.28 ERA in 46 innings and dating back to last season Sabathia has a 4.87 ERA with 38 homers allowed in 40 starts. He’s owed $23 million in 2015, $25 million in 2016, and $25 million or a $5 million buyout for 2017.