Rangers outfielder Josh Hamilton was a runaway winner of the American League’s Most Valuable Player award.
Hamilton received 22 first-place votes and 358 points in voting announced yesterday by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America.
Hamilton overcame eight trips to rehabilitation for drug and alcohol addiction to lead the major leagues in batting average (.359) and slugging percentage (.633) and help Texas reach its first World Series. He had 32 homers and 100 RBIs despite missing nearly all of September because of two broken ribs.
“I would say [there was] a 99 percent chance that this would never happen,’’ Hamilton said.
Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera was second with five first-place votes and 262 points after leading the AL with 126 RBIs and a .420 on-base percentage. The Yankees’ Robinson Cano was next with 229 points. Toronto’s Jose Bautista, who led the majors with 54 home runs, had the remaining first-place vote and 165 points.
Message to Jeter General manager Brian Cashman said the Yankees have made a “fair and appropriate’’ contract offer to Derek Jeter and suggested that if the 36-year-old shortstop thinks otherwise, he should shop himself around.
“We understand his contributions to the franchise and our offer has taken them into account,’’ Cashman told ESPNNewYork.com. “We’ve encouraged him to test the market and see if there’s something he would prefer other than this. If he can, fine. That’s the way it works.’’
New York has made a $45 million, three-year offer to Jeter, a baseball executive with knowledge of the proposal said, speaking on condition of anonymity because it wasn’t made public.
Yankees cochairman Hank Steinbrenner said, “As much as we want to keep everybody, we’ve already made these guys very, very rich, and I don’t feel we owe anybody anything monetarily. Some of these players are wealthier than their bosses.’’
The Yankees yesterday declined to offer salary arbitration to Jeter, closer Mariano Rivera, lefthander Andy Pettitte, reliever Kerry Wood, and first baseman Lance Berkman.
Arbitration decisions The Rangers offered arbitration to Cliff Lee, meaning they will be compensated with draft choices if the free agent lefthander signs with another team. They decided against it with catcher Bengie Molina and designated hitter Vladimir Guerrero, whose $9 million option wasn’t exercised . . . The Phillies said they will offer arbitration to outfielder Jayson Werth . . . The White Sox offered arbitration to first baseman Paul Konerko and righthanded pitcher J.J. Putz and declined to do so to catcher A.J. Pierzynski and designated hitter Manny Ramirez . . . The Nationals offered arbitration to first baseman Adam Dunn, and the Rays did the same to outfielder Carl Crawford and closer Rafael Soriano but not first baseman Carlos Pena. Huff stays a Giant Aubrey Huff is staying put with San Francisco just as he’d hoped, the 33-year-old agreeing to a $22 million, two-year contract with the World Series champions . . . The Indians have been told by South Korean officials that outfielder Shin-Soo Choo has received his military exemption for helping his country win a gold medal at the Asian Games.
Boras details loans Agent Scott Boras said loans by his company totaling about $70,000 to a Dominican prospect complied with Players’ Association rules. Boras’s company made the loans to shortstop Edward Salcedo in stages from late 2007 through 2009. The player was initially represented by Boras, left for another agent, and then returned to Boras . . . The Mets officially introduced Terry Collins as the 20th manager in their history.