Chris Carpenter received 19 of the 32 first-place votes to win the NL Cy Young Award. Dontrelle Willis picked up 11 first-place votes and trailed Carpenter 132 points to 112. Roger Clemens, finished a distant third, claiming the other two first-place votes and finishing with 40 points. Those three were named on 28 of the 32 ballots. Also receiving third-place votes were Roy Oswalt (two), Chad Cordero and Andy Pettitte. Carpenter got my vote because I felt he had a better all around year than Willis, and even though Capernter's ERA went up a half a run in his final three starts, he still ended up with a very respectable 2.83. On paper, Clemens does have the best numbers, but out of his 31 starts, he failed to pitch more than 5 innings in seven of them, while lasting no more than six innings in seven others. Yes, I know that he's 43 years old, but I feel not lasting more than 6 innings in 14 of this 31 starts hurt his chances considerably.
Commissioner Bud Selig, on his concern about the current state of the Dodgers: "I try not to comment on these things. Everybody wants to do the best for their franchise. I'm sure the McCourts do too, and they'll get the train back on the track." ... DePodesta, who has received inquiries from several clubs, said he is considering whether he wants to return to baseball immediately…. The Dodgers have offered Milton Bradley to almost every team they've met with and continue to find resistance because of his history…. In potential trades that would require the Dodgers to give up a starting pitcher, they are offering Odalis Perez, according to several officials from other teams…. Texas second baseman Alfonso Soriano, who will be a free agent after next season, has been discussed in Dodger circles, and is available…. The Dodgers have not spoken to Arn Tellem, the agent for Nomar Garciaparra, but planned to before the end of the meetings. Garciaparra is willing to play third base for the Dodgers.