Buster & Bob Nightengale discuss MLB awards season, Bryce Harper's future, their expectations for the hot stove and much more (4:32). Plus, some Inside Heat on the Red Sox from Alex Spier (23:26), on the Cubs from Jesse Rogers (33:16), and an interview with NL Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom (42:38).
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Mets right-hander Jacob deGrom, who led the majors with a 1.70 ERA, won the National League Cy Young Award on Wednesday night.
The Mets ace took home his trophy with just 10 wins, the Rays hurler with just over 180 IP, so voters looked deeper at their performance.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
Poor run support may have limited Jacob deGrom to just 10 wins, but voters rewarded his MLB-best 1.70 ERA with the 2018 NL Cy Young Award by giving him 29 of 30 first-place votes.
William Weinbaum ESPN
In the pre-Jacob deGrom era, three Mets won the NL Cy Young Award: Tom Seaver (1969, ‘73 & ‘75), Dwight Gooden (1985) & R.A. Dickey (2012). In ‘73, Seaver was 19-10 — the first time the winner had fewer than 20 Ws (the award began in ‘56).
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If the Mets ace wins the NL Cy Young Award on Wednesday -- as he should -- we'll know for sure that judging pitchers' performances has entered a new age.
For teams looking to make a high-impact addition, a winter swap could land some MVP-caliber performers.
After the hardware is handed out this week, here's what comes next for baseball's best players.
Mookie or Trout? Verlander or Snell? DeGrom with just 10 wins?? We break down all the angles in advance of baseball's major award announcements.
J.P. Ricciardi, who has served as special assistant to Mets GM Sandy Alderson for eight seasons, is leaving the team and is free to take a job with other teams.
The Indians are open to trade offers -- even for their ace. Adding Kluber to one of these clubs could help shift the balance of power in 2019 and beyond.
Cincinnati outfielder Scott Schebler and Texas pitcher Matt Bush just missed the cutoff for salary arbitration eligibility, while Chicago Cubs pitcher Carl Edwards Jr. and Toronto pitcher Joe Biagini earned the final spots.
The MLB All-Stars beat the Yomiuri Giants 9-6 on Thursday in a warm-up game ahead of their six-game exhibition series against Japan's national team.
New York Mets minor leaguer Tim Tebow has earned a promotion to Triple-A Syracuse.
With Bryce Harper a free agent and J.T. Realmuto eager to get out of Miami, some of the division's biggest names could be headed elsewhere.
Bryce? Manny? Both? ... Or steer clear. We examine how every team in baseball should approach a historic pair of free agents.
As the three top candidates for baseball's biggest hardware have been announced, it appears that Mookie Betts' performance may have affected his Red Sox teammate's case.
Brodie Van Wagenen made his first public moves as Mets general manager, firing hitting coach Pat Roessler along with bullpen coach Ricky Bones on Monday and announcing that manager Mickey Callaway will have a new bench coach.
Dan Mullen ESPN.com
2018 Cy Young finalists — AL: Tampa Bay's Blake Snell along with a pair of former winners in Houston's Justin Verlander and Cleveland's Corey Kluber. And in the NL, the all-NL East trio of New York's Jacob deGrom, Washington's Max Scherzer and Philadelphia's Aaron Nola.
Before the season, we said winning the World Series isn't everything. Some teams proved that. Others, well, not so much.
New Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen says Mickey Callaway will remain the team's manager, and he hopes Jacob deGrom stays with the Mets for a long time.
Buster talks to Keith Law (2:59) & Bob Nightengale (36:02) about their expectations for the offseason and much more. Plus, Jessica Mendoza with one more World Series breakdown (24:48), a fascinating conversation with author Jane Leavy (45:47) and a podcast tradition to close out the year.
Longtime baseball agent Brodie Van Wagenen is switching roles to become general manager of the Mets, the team announced Monday evening. Contract details were not disclosed.