Darvish finishes second
Rangers pitcher Yu Darvish finished second in the American League Cy Young Award voting, losing out to Max Scherzer of the Tigers in the 2013 voting by the Baseball Writers Association of America. Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners finished third.
The Rangers remain the only American League team to have never had a Cy Young Award winner. Their previous highest finisher was Ferguson Jenkins, who finished second to Jim “Catfish” Hunter of the Athletics in 1974. Among National League teams, the Marlins, Rockies and Reds have never had a Cy Young winner.
Darvish was 13-9 with a 2.83 ERA in 32 starts and 209 2/3 innings for the Rangers this past season. He led the American League with 277 strikeouts and his .194 opponents batting average was the lowest in the league.
Scherzer, who received 28 of 30 first-place votes, was 21-3 with a 2.90 ERA and 240 strikeouts over 32 starts and 2141/3 innings. Iwakuma was 14-6 with a 2.66 ERA and 185 strikeouts over 33 starts and 2192/3 innings
By finishing second, Darvish will receive a $200,000 bonus above his $9.5 million salary for 2013. The second-place finish is also a step toward allowing Darvish to possibly leave the Rangers one year sooner than expected.
The Rangers signed Darvish to a six-year, $56 million contract on Jan. 18, 2012 after submitting a high posting bid of $51.7 million. But, according to the terms agreed to by both parties in the deal, Darvish can opt out of the final year of the year depending on how he does in the Cy Young voting over the first five seasons of the contract.
According to the terms of Darvish’s contract, he can void the last season of the deal by winning one Cy Young Award and finishing 2nd-4th in one other season. Darvish can also void his $11 million contract for 2017 by finishing second in the Cy Young voting in one season and 2nd-4th in two other seasons.
So Darvish, after finishing second this year, needs to finish in 2nd-4th place twice in the voting over the next three seasons. If he does, it allows him to void an $11 million contract for 2017. He finished 9th in the voting as a rookie in 2012.