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Reaction to Corey Kluber winning AL Cy Young Award

It could have gone either way, so we'll hear from both sides.

Jason Miller

Yesterday, Corey Kluber won the AL Cy Young Award in something of a surprise result. The statistics were nearly even and many in baseball thought Hernandez, the more established pitcher, would get the benefit of the doubt in a close vote. Following is some of the coverage and reaction to Kluber's win

From Cleveland

Cy Young Award winner and role model for any pitcher who feels frustrated and forgotten -- Terry Pluto | - Does anyone remember that Corey Kluber opened the 2013 season in the minors? Or that he was knocked out of his first start in 2014 after 3 1/3 innings?

Cleveland Indians Corey Kluber thought 2014 Cy Young would go to Felix Hernandez | - Kluber did not expect to win.

Kluber over Felix for AL Cy Young the right choice | - To Castrovince, the slightest of edges belonged to Kluber because of a few factors.

Kluber wins American League Cy Young Award | - Pitch by pitch, game by game, Corey Kluber steadily cemented his place among baseball's elite arms this past season.

From Seattle

Mariners ace Felix Hernandez not winning Cy Young Award is a stunner | Larry Stone | The Seattle Times - Baseball writers who voted against Felix Hernandez explain why. "I thought Kluber was better in September," wrote Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star. "I thought Kluber had to overcome more to reach comparable numbers," explained Dan Hayes of Chicago.

John McGrath: Felix goes unrewarded for possibly his best season | John McGrath | The News Tribune - A few things worked against Felix Hernandez in his losing the Cy Young Award to Cleveland’s Corey Kluber, not the least of which was his bungled throw to first on a sacrifice bunt in Toronto on Sept. 23

Someone not named Felix Hernandez wins 2014 Cy Young - Lookout Landing - The pitcher for the Cleveland Indians denied Felix Hernandez his second Cy Young award.

Hernandez "disappointed" finishing 2nd in Cy Young | - If he needed any extra incentive going forward, Seattle Mariners ace Felix Hernandez found some on Wednesday when he finished second in the AL Cy Young voting.

Neutral Corner

Kluber rode advanced stats to Cy Young win. | : AJ Cassavell Article - The American League Cy Young Award race was much closer than traditional stats would have you believe. And in the end, it was the advanced metrics that appeared to sway the voters toward Corey Kluber, who won an extremely close vote.

In other Tribe-related news...

Rays interview Kevin Cash for manager's job | Tampa Bay Times - ST. PETERSBURG — Growing up in Tampa, starring at Gaither High and playing briefly for the Devil Rays in 2005, Kevin Cash would obviously know his way around if he were hired as the next Rays manager.

Brantley's versatile season deserves MVP consideration | - Jordan Bastian on why Brantley deserves MVP consideration.

Kuiper relishes his dreams coming to life : Baseball - Profile of ex-Indian Kuiper in hometown newspaper

Around the Horn

Pat Caputo - Re-signing Victor Martinez looks better than it actually is for the Detroit Tigers - There is much joy in this town because Victor Martinez, eligible for free agency, is remaining a member of the Detroit Tigers. The sentiment is understandable, but misguided.

A look at the free agent starting pitching market. | : Andrew Simon - It's not a bad winter to be a team looking to bolster its rotation. Bidding should be spirited for this group's top-tier performers, but mid- and small-market clubs won't be excluded if they can't compete for the likes of Max Scherzer, Jon Lester or James Shields.

Blue Jays and Tigers Make Minor Trade That Might Matter | FanGraphs Baseball - If you like big trades with flashy names, this isn’t the post for you, because this one is dedicated to the Tigers swapping second base prospect Devon Travis to the Blue Jays for center field kinda prospect Anthony Gose.

Pirates acquire catcher Francisco Cervelli from Yankees | HardballTalk - As first reported by Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Pirates have acquired catcher Francisco Cervelli from the Yankees. Joel Sherman at the New York Post confirms the news and says left-handed reliever Justin Wilson is headed to the Yankees in return.

David Robertson wants "Jonathan Papelbon money" | HardballTalk - That's $50 million over four years to you and me.