In a season where there wasn’t much to cheer about for Royals’ fans, there was one bright spot. And that bright spot was Zack Greinke.
Despite everything that went on around him, Greinke went 16-8 with a 2.16 ERA this season. With numbers like this, on a team like the Royals, voters had no choice but award him the AL Cy Young.
NEW YORK — Zack Greinke won the American League Cy Young Award on Tuesday, beating out Felix Hernandez after a spectacular season short on wins but long on domination.
Greinke received 25 first-place votes and three seconds for 134 points in balloting by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Hernandez drew two firsts, 23 seconds and one third for 80 points.
Detroit’s Justin Verlander was third with the remaining first-place vote and nine thirds for 14 points. He was followed by the Yankees’ CC Sabathia with 13 points and Toronto’s Roy Halladay with 11 points.
Greinke, who agreed to a $38 million, four-year contract last winter, receives a $100,000 bonus for winning.
With Cy Young in hand, now comes the question of how soon before he is traded to the Yankees or Red Sox?