SAN FRANCISCO — David Price very much still wants to win the American League Cy Young Award, voted on by members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America.
But he was thrilled Thursday to be selected the AL's outstanding pitcher in the Players Choice awards through a vote of his peers.
"That does make it a little more special," Price, 25, said on a conference call. "That means a lot more than some sports writer or sports analyst. The guys that I'm playing with, they feel that I deserve this award so that does mean a lot to me."
Price, who was 19-6 with a 2.72 ERA, beat out Seattle's Felix Hernandez and New York's CC Sabathia; Price, by the way, voted for Sabathia.
They are likely to be the top three when the Cy Young Award is announced next month.
"I would definitely like to have that one," Price said. "I hope it's a possibility. I haven't thought a whole lot about it thus far. … Obviously that would be awesome to win, and it does give me a little more confidence winning it from the players."
Girardi, Yanks close to three-year deal
NEW YORK — Manager Joe Girardi and the Yankees have agreed on the outline of a $9 million, three-year deal, the Associated Press reported.
Although the deal is not complete, the sides are expected to work out the details.
Girardi, 46, who will get $3 million a year, would be able to earn about $500,000 more each year in bonuses based on the team's performance.
Mets hire Alderson: Sandy Alderson was tabbed as the new Mets general manager and will be introduced today at a news conference, the team said. Alderson, 62, replaces the fired Omar Minaya and will lead the search for a manager to replace Jerry Manuel.
Expanded playoffs? Commissioner Bud Selig said he is willing to consider expanding the playoffs next year instead of waiting for collective bargaining. Union head Michael Weiner said his members are open to more teams and best-of-seven division series.
Information from Times wires was used in this report.