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Nationals OF Jayson Werth places 13th in NL MVP voting

Nov 15, 2013, 12:16 AM EST

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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.

  1. Sonny G 10 - Nov 15, 2013 at 12:33 AM

    Hope Jayson has an even better season in 2014.

  2. nats128 - Nov 15, 2013 at 7:41 AM

    Way to go Jayson! Im kind of surprised that Desi didnt get some 10th place votes.

    • Hiram Hover - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:45 AM

      Not too surprised about Ian. He’s 2-3 best (at best) at his position in the NL, and it’s a position that generally doesn’t get a lot of MVP attention anyway–the award almost always goes to a slugging OF or corner IF.

      Don’t get me wrong. I love Ian. I just don’t expect MVP voters to.

  3. Faraz Shaikh - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    not sure why he did not get any votes. maybe an extension will come a bit cheaper. 😛

    • DaveB - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:51 AM

      Apparently (from the article) he didn’t get any votes because he wasn’t on the ballot … not sure who makes the decision on who gets included there (or how many there are). I hadn’t remembered / realized how impressive last year’s voting was with 5 Nats getting votes.

      • Hiram Hover - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:20 AM

        Our host–or anyone else–can correct me if I’m wrong, but my understanding is that there is no official pre-determined list of eligible candidates for MVP voting.

        Each of the qualified BBWAA voters chooses his or her top 10 from all the players in the league and ranks them 1-10. This year, 24 players in the NL got at least one vote for one of those 1-10 spots. Last year, the total number was 35.

  4. Hiram Hover - Nov 15, 2013 at 8:48 AM

    Last year … Adam LaRoche finished 7th

    Wow – what a reminder of what he wasn’t this year.

  5. NatsLady - Nov 15, 2013 at 9:35 AM

    Off-Topic–was just reading a Baseball Prospectus chat on prospects and the AFL. Came across this nugget.

    richardkr34 (Saint Paul, MN): True or False: Giolito is the highest ceiling arm in the minors

    Mark Anderson: True.

    I neglected to include Giolito in some of my earlier answers on potential #1s and the top pitching prospects in the minors; just a silly oversight on my part. Giolito has a freakish ceiling.

    Here are some other notes.

    Wesley (Utah): Could Chris Marrero provide value to a team at 1B? Or is he done?

    Mark Anderson: I don’t think he’s much more than a bench option.

    nictaclacta (Glendale): Mark, in you opinion, what level of contribution will Lucas Giolito, Mark Appel, Kyle Zimmer be making in 2015? Never too early to plan. Thanks.

    Mark Anderson: Appel should be in the Astros rotation from day one. Zimmer has a good chance to spend half of that season in the big leagues. Giolito may not be there yet.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:26 AM

      Good info! This is why it would be painful to trade for David Price or a 1 year rental of Scherzer. You would lose Giolito +Rendon and others

  6. tcostant - Nov 15, 2013 at 10:20 AM

    Werth should have won a Silver Slugger Award this year – boo





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