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It takes special talent and historical production to earn a clean sweep of baseball’s two biggest individual awards. Clayton Kershaw fit that description in 2014,  becoming just the 11th pitcher to win the Cy Young award and MVP in the same season since the former was introduced in 1956.  Kershaw was the unanimous choice in the NL Cy Young race, earning all 30 votes over Johnny Cueto of the Cincinnati Reds and Adam Wainwright of the St. Louis Cardinals. Kershaw earned 18 first-place and nine second-place votes for MVP , which was good enough to top Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins and 2013 MVP Andrew McCutchen of the Pittsburgh Pirates.  Kershaw is the first NL pitcher to sweep the awards since Bob Gibson in 1968. Justin Verlander of the Detroit Tigers was the most recent, earning both AL honors in 2011.  It’s elite territory reserved for next-level talents, which, at 26, Kershaw certainly is. Even still, a lot had to come together for him to make history. Here are 10 incredible facts and tidbits from his 2014 season that ultimately added up to an award sweep.   

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NEW YORK (Reuters) – Veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer, the 2013 National League batting champion, has signed a two-year deal with the New York Mets, the National League club said on Monday. Cuddyer, 35, a two-time All-Star who hit a career-best .331 for the Colorado Rockies in 2013, was limited to 49 games last season due to three stints on the disabled list for a left shoulder and left hamstring strain. The early off-season signing by the budget-conscious Mets signaled a determination to improve a lackluster offense in support of their promising young pitching staff. …

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Post info: By MileHighRocks on November 13th, 2014
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NEW YORK (AP) — For the third straight year, baseball’s free agents shunned qualifying offers from their former teams and chose to test the market.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Michael Cuddyer frequently hears from longtime pal David Wright in the offseason, often about potential trades in their fantasy football leagues.

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PITTSBURGH (AP) — The Colorado Rockies have traded right-hander Rob Scahill to the Pittsburgh Pirates for minor league righty Shane Carle.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Eager to go on a long-overdue playoff run, the New York Mets realized they owed their pitching staff – and fans – a proven hitter.

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With money to spend in Chicago and L.A., and several front-office overhauls, there’s no telling what might happen.

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OSAKA, Japan (AP) — Boston Red Sox manager John Farrell is looking forward to seeing Japanese pitching sensation Shohei Otani during Major League Baseball’s all-star postseason tour of Japan.

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The Colorado Rockies extended a $15.3 million qualifying offer to outfielder Michael Cuddyer on Monday. The 2013 NL batting champion has until Nov. 10 to accept. Should Cuddyer decline and be signed by another major league team before June 8, the Rockies would receive a compensatory draft pick at the end of the first round of next year’s amateur draft. The 35-year-old Cuddyer was signed by the Rockies as a free agent on Dec. 20, 2011, after 11 seasons with Minnesota.

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