Free agent right-hander Zack Greinke went 19-3 with a 1.66 earned-run average for the Dodgers in 2015. (Keith Birmingham/Staff photographer)
After introducing new manager Dave Roberts
on Tuesday, Dodgers co-owner Magic Johnson said that re-signing Zack Greinke
is the team’s top priority this winter.
Bryce Harper was a unanimous selection for the National League MVP award Thursday, as the Dodgers were shut out in the annual Baseball Writers Association America awards voting this week.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke finished seventh, Clayton Kershaw finished 10th, and Adrian Gonzalez finished 20th in the MVP race. Voters are required to list 10 players on their MVP ballots.
Greinke finished second and Kershaw third in the NL Cy Young Award voting. Joc Pederson got one third-place vote for NL Rookie of the Year, and Don Mattingly got one third-place vote for NL Manager of the Year. Thirty ballots are cast in each race.
I listed Greinke third on my MVP ballot, which I explained here. A spreadsheet of all 30 MVP ballots, along with the final tally for each candidate, is here.
Chicago Cubs pitcher Jake Arrieta won the National League Cy Young Award by a narrow margin Wednesday. Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke finished second and teammate Clayton Kershaw finished third.
Here’s how the BBWAA electorate voted:
Here’s how the individual votes were cast (per BBWAA.com). A full story will follow:
Brett Anderson became the third major league player to accept a qualifying offer on Friday. (Associated Press)
Brett Anderson accepted the Dodgers’ qualifying offer and will return to the Dodgers on a one-year, $15.8 million contract. After multiple reports Friday afternoon indicated Anderson would accept the offer, the pitcher wrote this on his Twitter account:
Second baseman Howie Kendrick and pitcher Zack Greinke were the only other players tendered a qualifying offer last Friday. Both elected free agency instead.
Dodgers pitcher Zack Greinke won the National League Gold Glove Award for the second straight year. Greinke was chosen for the award ahead of Jake Arrieta and Gerrit Cole.
Adrian Gonzalez was a finalist, but Arizona Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt won the NL Gold Glove Award for the second time in his career.
One other player on the Dodgers’ payroll won a Gold Glove today: Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon. The Dodgers agreed to pay Gordon’s 2015 salary ($2.5 million) when they traded him to the Marlins last winter in a three-team deal that helped them acquire Howie Kendrick, Chris Hatcher, Enrique Hernandez and Austin Barnes. Gordon also led the National League in batting average (.333).