Author: Aaron Gleeman

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Gold Glove finalists announced


Gold Glove award winners are announced November 4, but in the meantime Rawlings just named three finalists for each position in each league:

AL, catcher: Alex Avila, Yan Gomes, Salvador Perez
AL, first base: Eric Hosmer, Miguel Cabrera, Albert Pujols
AL, second base: Robinson Cano, Dustin Pedroia, Ian Kinsler
AL, third base: Josh Donaldson, Adrian Beltre, Kyle Seager
AL, shortstop: Alcides Escobar, J.J. Hardy, Alexei Ramirez
AL, left field: Alex Gordon, Michael Brantley, Yoenis Cespedes
AL, center field: Adam Jones, Adam Eaton, Jackie Bradley Jr.
AL, right field: Kole Calhoun, Kevin Kiermaier, Nick Markakis
AL, pitcher: Mark Buehrle, Felix Hernandez, Dallas Keuchel

NL, catcher: Jonathan Lucroy, Russell Martin, Yadier Molina
NL, first base: Adrian Gonzalez, Justin Morneau, Adam LaRoche
NL, second base: D.J. LeMahieu, Brandon Phillips, Chase Utley
NL, third base: Nolan Arenado, Juan Uribe, Pablo Sandoval
NL, shortstop: Zack Cozart, Adeiny Hechavarria, Andrelton Simmons
NL, left field: Justin Upton, Starling Marte, Christian Yelich
NL, center field: Billy Hamilton, Denard Span, Juan Lagares
NL, right field: Jason Heyward, Gerardo Parra, Giancarlo Stanton
NL, pitcher: Zack Greinke, Clayton Kershaw, Adam Wainwright

I stopped paying much attention to the Gold Glove awards a long time ago–somewhere between Rafael Palmeiro winning one as a designated hitter and Derek Jeter winning five as a shortstop–but feel free to complain about the finalists.

Blue Jays “getting a lot of interest” in Adam Lind

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Blue Jays first baseman/designated hitter Adam Lind is under team control through 2016, but it sounds like he may not be long for Toronto.

Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun talked to an unnamed “executive” source who says “the Blue Jays are getting a lot of interest on Lind and not just from American League teams.”

Lind had a horrible three-season run from 2010-2012, at one point passing through waivers unclaimed because no other team wanted the rest of his contract, but the 31-year-old bounced back to hit .301 with 29 homers and an .856 OPS in 239 games during the past two seasons.

That includes a .321 batting average this year, although as usual Lind struggled mightily against left-handed pitching and was mostly platooned. Platoon first basemen/designated hitters aren’t exactly hot commodities, but with team options for $7.5 million in 2015 and $8 million in 2016 he’d fit in plenty of lineups.

Twins sell Kris Johnson to Japanese team

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According to Darren Wolfson of 1500-ESPN in Minnesota in the Twins have sold left-hander Kris Johnson to the Hiroshima Carp of the Japanese League.

Johnson, who was acquired from the Pirates in exchange for Justin Morneau–by way of Duke Welker, in a weird series of transactions–spent most of the past two seasons at Triple-A. He’s posted good-looking ERAs there, but they’ve come with sub par strikeout and walk rates.

It’s possible Johnson could have snagged a big-league job at some point as a fifth starter or middle reliever, but at age 30 he was running out of chances and will no doubt get a bigger payday in Japan. Minnesota has cleared four spots on the 40-man roster since the end of the season, but the Twins still have plenty of other dead weight to potentially drop.

Tim Lincecum missed the Game 1 introductions because he was throwing up

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Last night Giants right-hander Tim Lincecum was not on the field when both teams lined up on the baselines for player introductions before Game 1 of the World Series and now we know why: He was in the clubhouse throwing up.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy revealed that today, but when asked last night after the game what happened Lincecum originally said:

I just didn’t make it down in time. I didn’t want to run out there in the middle of everybody else getting introduced. That was just … it. I was doing some stuff in the training room.

That’s one way to put it, I guess.

Lincecum was apparently available to pitch, if needed, but the Giants didn’t use him out of the bullpen. He’s yet to pitch this postseason and last saw game action on September 28.