Cy Young: Dickey wins easily; Price edges Verlander
David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R. A. Dickey of the New York Mets won baseball's Cy Young awards on Wednesday. Price barely beat out...
NEW YORK — David Price of the Tampa Bay Rays and knuckleballer R.A. Dickey of the New York Mets won baseball's Cy Young awards on Wednesday.
Price barely beat out 2011 winner Justin Verlander for the American League prize in one of the closest votes ever. Dickey was an easy choice for the NL honor in balloting by the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
Dickey, 38, became the first knuckleball pitcher to win the Cy Young Award, an achievement mentors such as Hall of Famer Phil Niekro are quite proud of.
"I am not a self-made man by any stretch of the imagination," Dickey said. "This is a victory for all of us."
Dickey pitched for the Mariners in 2008, finishing 5-8 with a 5.21 earned-run average. This season for the Mets, he was 20-6 with a 2.73 ERA.
Price, runner-up two years ago to Seattle's Felix Hernandez, was the pick this time by the slimmest of margins. He received 14 of 28 first-place votes and finished with 153 points to 149 for Verlander, chosen first on 13 ballots.
Other than a 1969 tie between Mike Cuellar and Denny McLain, it was the tightest race in the history of the AL award.
Rays closer Fernando Rodney got the other first-place vote and came in fifth. Hernandez was fourth in the voting.
"It means a lot," Price said. "It's something that I'll always have. It's something that they can't take away from me."
Price went 20-5 to tie Jered Weaver for the American League lead in victories and winning percentage. The 27-year-old lefty had the lowest ERA at 2.56 and finished sixth in strikeouts with 205.
Marlins owner defends trade
MIAMI — The attendance-challenged Miami Marlins have antagonized fans yet again by deciding a low-budget team is good enough for their new ballpark.
A blockbuster trade sending three stars to Toronto could save Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria $150 million, which prompted a backlash from South Floridians angered by the team's latest payroll purge.
"Everybody in the world wants to talk about the Marlins and the fact they're now a Triple-A team," said city commissioner Marc Sarnoff, an opponent of the ballpark project. "The Marlins have lost pretty much all credibility with fans. Even if this trade is a positive move from a baseball standpoint, it won't be viewed by the general public as a positive move."
Miami traded All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, left-hander Mark Buehrle and right-hander Josh Johnson as part of the deal, which awaited final approval pending physicals.
Loria, in Chicago for the owners' winter meetings, told CBSSports.com: "We finished in last place. Figure it out."
• Free-agent outfielder Torii Hunter agreed to a $26 million, two-year deal with Detroit, giving the Tigers a capable corner outfielder coming off an impressive season at age 37.
• The World Series-champion San Francisco Giants completed an $18 million, three-year contract with left-handed reliever Jeremy Affeldt.