The 2016 Rookies of the Year were announced last night, handing a unanimous selection to SS Corey Seager in the National League, and honoring Detroit starter Michael Fulmer in the American League, who bested Yankees prospect Gary Sanchez in the voting.
Fulmer is the first Tiger to win since Justin Verlander in 2006, and the first pitcher to win the award since Jeremy Hellickson did so with the Rays in 2011.
And speaking of Hellickson, he was one of two players who accepted qualifying offers this off-season, which was a one-year deal for $17.2 million in 2017.
Get paid, Helly.
2016 Rays free agent target Ian Desmond is among the player who declined offers, and are not attached to draft-pick penalties should they sign with a new team this off-season.
Your award week outlook looks like this:
40-man rosters lock: 11/18
- You can read about the full ROY voting results for the AL and NL. No Rays received any votes in the AL, while SS prospect Trea Turner (who was acquired and dealt by the Rays) came in second in the NL.
- Watch Rays infield prospect Kean Wong make a nice grab in the Arizona Fall League
- Rays SS Matt Duffy is stepping away from social media, but you can find a list of all active Rays players on twitter here.
- Jeff Sullivan says the Rays can get more for Chris Archer than the White Sox will for Chris Sale
- If you’re feeling nostalgic for Helloween, Eno Sarris writes about the improvements Jeremy Hellickson made this year.
- Dave Cameron highlights his annual Free Agent Bargains for 2017. Last off-season, the Rays nabbed his top choice in Steve Pearce.
- Rob Mains wonders why basestealing is a dying art in the modern game for Baseball Prospectus ($). Great read, here’s a taste:
So the offense must weigh the difference between picking up 1.4869 – 1.252 = 0.2327 runs by taking third vs. losing 1.252 – 0.4168 = 0.8374 runs by getting thrown out. The break-even is 78 percent, or 75 percent if the batter takes second on the throw...