MLB News and Notes: ROY, Contreras, Kuroda and More

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1. Rookie of the Year Winners: The Rookie of the Year Awards were announced today and no surprises here. Two World Series participants have won the award in both the American League and National League. In the National League, Buster Posey won the Rookie of the Year at catcher for the San Francisco Giants. He had a .305 batting average in 108 games and 443 plate appearances this year. He had an on-base percentage of .357 and had an OPS+ of 129, which is amazing for an everyday catcher let alone a rookie catcher. You cannot make the argument for another player in the National League more deserving of the Rookie of the Year Award than Posey. He even had a .354 on-base-percentage in the postseason! Talk about a big part of that Giants’ offense! He was the KEY component! In the American League, Neftali Feliz of the Texas Rangers. He did a fantastic job as a closer setting a rookie record by saving 40 games. He had an insane 159 ERA+ showing that he had one heck of a season and is the best rookie in the American League. He had a WHIP of 0.880 and an ERA of 2.73 which isn’t too good but is still rather good for a rookie, especially with a 159 ERA+.

2. Jose Contreras signs with Philadelphia: Jose Contreras and the Philadelphia Phillies agreed to a two-year deal worth $5.5 million with performance incentives and an option for 2013. Contreras, when the contract is up, will be 40 years old (turns 39 in December). He was very good in the position of reliever last year for the Phillies with a 121 ERA+ and an ERA of 3.34 and a WHIP of 1.218. He had a good season (100 is average for ERA+) and the Phillies are rewarding him for that and are looking for the same production as he had last season. Throughout his career, he has a 1.364 WHIP, 77-67 record with an ERA of 4.55 and an ERA+ of 101 meaning that he’s had an average career.

3. Reds re-sign Ramon Hernandez: The Reds have decided to re-sign their catcher, Ramon Hernandez, to a one-year, $3 million deal. He is a 34-year-old catcher as a part of the Reds’ catchers’ hitting squad that led the National League in with 168 hits and a .296 batting average as a catching group. Ramon Hernandez, while being a back-up to Ryan Hanigan. Hernandez had a .297 batting average, .364 on-base percentage, 7 home runs and 48 runs batted in. He had an OPS+ of 114 meaning that he had an above average year, which is good. He did only play in 97 games (not enough to land his $3.25 million option in which he needed to play in 120 games) but he did have 352 plate appearances. In 12 seasons in the big leagues, he has had a batting average of .265, on-base percentage of .329 and has hit 149 home runs and drove in 687 runs. He has a career 97 OPS+, which is slightly below average, but isn’t too bad. He has played in 1366 games and has 5122 plate appearances.

4. Hiroki Kuroda re-signs with Dodgers: The Los Angeles Dodgers re-signed Hiroki Kuroda to a one-year $12 million deal. The contract is reported to pay Kuroda $8 million in 2011 with a $4 million signing bonus going to be paid to Kuroda throughout the 2012 and 2013 season. He was considering to return to Japan, but opted to stay in the United States. He will turn 36 in February. He was the opening day starter for the Dodgers’ last season and was paid $13 million. He was 11-13 in 31 games of work pitching in 196.1 innings. He had an ERA of 3.39 and a WHIP of 1.161. His ERA+ was a solid 113. In three years of pitching in the United States in the MLB, he has a 28-30 record, 497.0 innings pitched with an earned run average of 3.60 with a WHIP of 1.177. His career ERA+ is 111, which is above average. He’s had a solid career in the big leagues so far, and he should be around his career average (my prediction) again this year although age might play into consideration this year.

11/15/10 MLB News and Notes: Rookie of the Year Winners is a post originally from: - In Sports We Trust

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