Nov 15, 2013, 12:16 AM EDT
A day after his teammate Jordan Zimmermann showed up on the National League Cy Young ballot, Jayson Werth placed 13th in NL Most Valuable Player voting. Werth received 20 points overall as Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates took home the top honor with 409 total points, 28 of them first place votes.
The highest Werth finished on any ballot was seventh. That vote actually came from Mark. You can see his full BBWAA ballot with explanations right here.
Werth has finished with MVP votes three times now in his 11-year MLB career, this being his second highest finish. In 2009 he placed 17th after his lone All-Star appearance, and in 2010 he came in 8th.
Werth paced the Nats for much of the season and was a crucial component in their second half turnaround. He finished with 129 games played after dealing with hamstring issues early in the season, and batted a career-high .318. It was the second consecutive season Werth has hit .300 or higher with the Nationals.
The 34-year-old put up the best numbers since signing with the Nats in 2010 nearly across the board. His 25 home runs, 82 RBI and 84 runs scored were all personal bests for him since coming to Washington.
Werth began heating up in July when he won the National League Player of the Month honors. The outfielder batted a scorching .367 in July with seven home runs and 22 RBI. He was even better in August with a .380 average and 1.087 OPS, but narrowly lost the player of the month award to Martin Prado of the Diamondbacks.
Werth was the only National to appear on the MVP ballot and was clearly the team’s most outstanding offensive player. Washington finished with a record of 86-76, their second consecutive winning season. But in games Werth started, the team went 71-57. That’s a winning percentage of .554 and would net 90 wins over the course of a full schedule.
Last year the Nationals saw five players finish with MVP votes. Adam LaRoche finished 7th, Ian Desmond 17th, Gio Gonzalez 20th, Ryan Zimmerman 24th and Bryce Harper 31st.
For the full voting results for the 2013 MVP award, go here.
Nats release 1B/3B Mauro Gomez after two months
After spending just over two months with the Nationals, longtime minor leaguer Mauro Gomez has been released. The 29-year-old is expected to pursue a contract in Japan for 2014.
Gomez, a corner infielder, was claimed off waivers by the Nationals on Sept. 5, 2013 from the Toronto Blue Jays. He originally signed with the Rangers as an amateur free agent in 2003, but spent ten seasons in the minor leagues since.
Gomez did reach the majors finally in 2012 at the age of 27, playing 37 games with the Red Sox. He hit .275 with two home runs and 17 RBI with Boston that year.
Gomez was expected to play with Syracuse next season with the potential of competing for a roster spot out of spring training. Going to Japan probably gives him a better shot at making more money and finding a more permanent home.
At 29 he still has a chance to return to the U.S. to pursue the dream of playing in the majors. He was tied for the most home runs in Triple-A in 2013 with 29 so the potential is there.
Gomez spent most of his minor league career with Texas, but also played in the Braves, Red Sox and Blue Jays systems. He never played a game for a Nationals affiliate.
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