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Rays' Myers, Marlins' Fernandez earn Players Awards

The 2013 Players Choice Awards had a decidely Tampa Bay feel to it.

Tampa Bay Rays right fielder Wil Myers was voted the American League Oustanding Rookie, while Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez, an Alonso High graduate, received the National League Outstanding Rookie award.

Both are favorites to receive the Baseball Writers of America Association's rookie of the year of awards next Monday for their respective leagues. The three finalists for those awards will be announced tonight.

The Players Choice Awards, announced Monday, were voted on by the players in each league.

In other Rays news, outfielder David DeJesus was in town over the weekend going through the final steps of a contract extension that includes the 2014 and 2015 seasons with a team option for 2016. Terms were not revealed.

“Everything worked out, that's for sure,” said DeJesus, who will receive $6.5 million in 2014.

DeJesus, acquired from the Nationals in late August, said he knew he wanted to return to the Rays not long after joining the team.

“You walk in and the manager tells you to have fun and be yourself, you don't hear that very often, and I think it brings out the best in everyone,” DeJesus said.

Still, DeJesus said he wasn't sure if the Rays would pick up his option or pay him a $1.5 mllion buyout.

“When you negotiate you never know which way things will go, but I feel this team fits me the best. And being around that winning atmosphere as long as I was, I knew I would miss it of I had to go somewhere else,” said DeJesus, who reached the postseason in 2013 for the first time in his 11-year career.

Meanwhile, the Rays did not extend a qualifying offer to any of their nine free agents, no surprise since the qualifying offer this year was $14.1 million.

The Rays also declined the $2 million option on right-handed pitcher Juan Carlos Oviedo. They paid him a $30,000 buyout instead.

And they moved OF Brandon Guyer and RHPs Jeff Niemann and Alex Colome from the 60 day DL to the 40-man roster.


The Red Sox made $14.1 million qualifying offers to Jacoby Ellsbury, Mike Napoli and Stephen Drew, but did not make an offer to Jarrod Saltalamacchia.

The Yankees made $14.1 million qualifying offers to Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Hiroki Kuroda.

Others receiving $14.1 million qualifying offers: the Braves' Brian McCann, the Cardinals' Carlos Beltran, the Indians' Ubaldo Jimenez, the Mariners' Kendrys Morales, the Rangers' Nelson Cruz, the Reds' Shin-Soo Choo and the Royals' Ervin Santana.


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