Jonathan Papelbon finished second in the American League Rookie of the Year balloting, as Detroit Tigers starter Justin Verlander won the award. It wasn't even close really, as Verlander got 26 of the 28 first place votes. Francisco Liriano finished third. Early in the year it looked like Papelbon would win it easily, but the Sox' decline in August, plus his injury in September, hurt Pap's chances. Plus Verlander had a simply terrific season for the Tigers.
Here is the complete voting for the AL Rookie of the Year voting, courtesy of the Red Sox Times: http://www.redsoxtimes.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2006/11/al-roy.png
In the National League ROY voting, Hanley Ramirez of the Florida Marlins won the award, in a very narrow vote over Nationals' 3B Ryan Zimmerman, taking by just four points. Ramirez' Marlins teammate Dan Uggla finished third.
And the rumors about Seibu Lions pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka are getting stronger that the Red Sox have won the secret bidding for his services. An announcement should be coming on that some time tonight, as Seibu have to decide by Tuesday in Japan whether of not to take the bid. There are rumors running around that the Red Sox' bid was nearly $50 million. We'll find out soon what it indeed was, and if it was accepted.
Whatever it is, the Seibu Lions would be crazy not to take it.