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MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 22:  Josh Collmenter #55 of the Atlanta Braves pitches during the game against the Miami Marlins at Marlins Park on September 22, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Rob Foldy/Getty Images)
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Braves, Josh Collmenter avoid arbitration with one-year, $1.2 million deal

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The Braves and pitcher Josh Collmenter avoided arbitration by agreeing on a one-year, $1.2 million deal, David O’Brien of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Collmenter was in his final year of arbitration eligibility, so he can become a free agent after the 2017 season.

Collmenter, 30, spent the season in the Diamondbacks’, Cubs’, and Braves’ systems. In the majors, he pitched 41 1/3 innings across 15 relief appearances and three starts, compiling an aggregate 3.70 ERA with a 33/16 K/BB ratio.

The Braves haven’t committed to Collmenter in any particular role, so he could serve as a swingman next season. GM John Coppolella said, “He can be a starter, he can pitch in the bullpen, he can be a long man. Kind of like a Swiss Army knife, if you will.”

Adrian Beltre, Nolan Arenado highlight Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners

ARLINGTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 26: Adrian Beltre #29 of the Texas Rangers fields a ground ball in the seventh inning throwing out the runner at first base against the Milwaukee Brewers at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 26, 2016 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Rick Yeatts/Getty Images)
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The winners of the Rawlings Gold Glove Awards were announced on ESPN on Tuesday night. Here they are:

Catcher

First Base

Second Base

  • National League: Joe Panik, San Francisco Giants (1st)
  • American League: Ian Kinsler, Detroit Tigers (1st)

Third Base

Shortstop

Left Field

Center Field

Right Field

Pitcher

The Giants cleaned up in the infield with Posey behind the plate, Panik at second base, and Crawford at shortstop. No other team topped the Giants’ three Gold Glove Award winners.

Nine players won their first Gold Glove Award. Three others won their second. Adrian Beltre won his fifth career Gold Glove, the most among Tuesday’s winners. Nolan Arenado and Salvador Perez each won their fourth consecutive Gold Glove Award. Jason Heyward, Zack Greinke, and Dallas Keuchel have won the Gold Glove Award in each of the last three years.

Report: Dodgers exploring trading Howie Kendrick

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 20: Howie Kendrick #47 of the Los Angeles Dodgers steals third base against the Chicago Cubs in game five of the National League Division Series at Dodger Stadium on October 20, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images)
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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reports that the Dodgers are exploring trading veteran Howie Kendrick, a former second baseman who has moved to the outfield as well as occasionally handling other infield positions. Rosenthal adds that Kendrick has grown increasingly frustrated with his role with the Dodgers.

Rosenthal suggests that the Phillies and Angels are possible trading partners to acquire Kendrick from the Dodgers. The Phillies are searching for short-term upgrades, while the Angels specifically need a second baseman. Kendrick, of course, spent the first nine years of his career with the Angels, and Phillies GM Matt Klentak was the Angels’ assistant GM during Kendrick’s later years with the team.

Kendrick, 33, had his worst offensive season, finishing with a .255/.326/.366 triple-slash line along with eight home runs and 40 RBI in 543 plate appearances.