Brandon Webb won the 2006 NL Cy Young Award by securing 15 of 32 first-place votes and 103 total points. Last season, Webb failed to receive a single first place vote as Jake Peavy won the award unanimously. Webb's total of 94 points last season exceeded his total of 73 this year, however, because there were several deserving candidates this season.
Webb's 22 wins exceeded his 2007 total of 18 and dwarfed his 2006 total of 16, perhaps signaling that voters are finally looking past that team-dependant statistic in judging this individual-effort honor. Webb's ERA (3.30), fielding independent ERA (3.29), and WHIP (1.20) were each his worst marks since 2005. he also finished with his fewest number of innings pitched since 2004.
Webb's agent, Jonathan Maurer, gave this statement on his client's behalf:
"I would like to congratulate Tim on a tremendous year. While I am disappointed I did not win, I am excited that with the help of my teammates, I was able to win 22 games and be considered for this great honor again. With a first, second, second-place finish in the Cy Young voting the last three years, I will be excited to get back out there again and make a good run in 2009. Most importantly, past my own personal statistics, I hope to lead the D-backs into the World Series next year. Again, congrats to Tim; he truly is a great pitcher."
Webb makes just $6.5 million in 2009 and will make $8.5 in 2010 after the D-backs exercise that bargain of a club option. The two sides appeared close to a multi-year contract extension this summer when the club suddenly rescinded its offer.
"I just want to let fans know that I'm not the one who pulled it off the table," Webb assured fans in early August. "We just didn't see eye to eye on a couple of things, and that was it. I love Arizona, and this is my first choice."
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