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2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award winners


The 2015 Rawlings Gold Glove Award recipients are being revealed during an hour-long special starting at 7:00 p.m. ET on ESPN2.

We will list all of the winners here, position-by-position, as they are announced by ESPN’s Baseball Tonight crew …

National League

C Yadier Molina, Cardinals
1B Paul Goldschmidt, Diamondbacks
2B Dee Gordon, Marlins
3B Nolan Arenado, Rockies
SS Brandon Crawford, Giants
LF Starling Marte, Pirates
CF A.J. Pollock, Diamondbacks
RF Jason Heyward, Cardinals
P Zack Greinke, Dodgers

American League

C Salvador Perez, Royals
1B Eric Hosmer, Royals
2B Jose Altuve, Astros
3B Manny Machado, Orioles
SS Alcides Escobar, Royals
LF Yoenis Cespedes, Tigers/Mets
CF Kevin Kiermaier, Rays
RF Kole Calhoun, Angels
P Dallas Keuchel, Astros

Gold Glove Awards are voted on annually by the managers and coaches around Major League Baseball. A sabermetric component was added in 2013, providing a statistical guide from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) to the voting body, but there are obviously still deep flaws with the process. Try not to get too outraged. Or go to town in the comments about which players got screwed. Whatever floats your boat.

2015 BBWAA Awards finalists announced on MLB Network

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The Baseball Writers Association of America is revealing the top three finalists for American League and National League Rookie of the Year, Manager of the Year, Cy Young, and Most Valuable Player during a one-hour special starting at 6:00 p.m. ET on MLB Network. We’ll post the names here as they are announced …

National League Rookie of the Year

Kris Bryant, 3B, Cubs
Matt Duffy, 3B, Giants
Jung Ho Kang, SS, Pirates

American League Rookie of the Year

Carlos Correa, SS, Astros
Francisco Lindor, SS, Indians
Miguel Sano, DH, Twins

National League Manager of the Year

Terry Collins, Mets
Joe Maddon, Cubs
Mike Matheny, Cardinals

American League Manager of the Year

Jeff Banister, Rangers
A.J. Hinch, Astros
Paul Molitor, Twins

National League Cy Young Award

Jake Arrieta, SP, Cubs
Zack Greinke, SP, Dodgers
Clayton Kershaw, SP, Dodgers

American League Cy Young Award

Sonny Gray, SP, Athletics
Dallas Keuchel, SP, Astros
David Price, SP, Blue Jays

National League MVP

Paul Goldschmidt, 1B, Diamondbacks
Bryce Harper, OF, Nationals
Joey Votto, 1B, Reds

American League MVP

Lorenzo Cain, OF, Royals
Josh Donaldson, 3B, Blue Jays
Mike Trout, OF, Angels


The official award winners will come out next week. Here is the schedule …

  • Monday, November 16: AL & NL Rookie of the Year
  • Tuesday, November 17: AL & NL Manager of the Year
  • Wednesday, November 18: AL & NL Cy Young Award
  • Thursday, November 19: AL & NL Most Valuable Player

Video: Best player-fan moments of the year

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Here’s a pretty cool look back at some of the best player-fan interactions from the 2015 baseball season.

Andrew McCutchen, Miguel Cabrera, and Bryce Harper all deserve props — and they’re all MVPs (assuming Harper wins it this year, which is a pretty safe assumption).

Mets interested in free agent reliever Darren O’Day

Darren O'Day
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Darren O'Day posted a stellar 1.52 ERA, 0.93 WHIP, and 82/14 K/BB ratio in 65 1/3 innings this past season for the Orioles and he will be among the most sought-after relievers on the open market this winter.

It probably comes as no surprise that the defending National League champions are interested …

According to Marc Carig of Newsday, the Mets have interest in O’Day, who will probably looking for closer-type money. He’d presumably slide into a setup role behind Jeurys Familia.

The dominance isn’t new for O’Day. He’s proven, having registered a 2.05 ERA and 9.2 K/9 in 197 2/3 innings between 2012-2014.

Padres “leaning toward” making qualifying offer to Ian Kennedy

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From beat writer Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune

The Padres are leaning toward giving free agent Ian Kennedy a qualifying offer, a club source said. The team’s official decision on the right-hander is expected to be made very close to Friday’s 2 p.m. (PST) deadline.

No player has accepted a qualifying offer since the system was introduced in November 2012, but Kennedy could be the first if the Friars do indeed extend one.

He posted an underwhelming 4.28 ERA in 168 1/3 innings this past season for the Padres while earning $9.85 million in his final year of salary arbitration. If Kennedy wants to try to re-establish his market value on a high-priced one-year deal, there probably isn’t a better place to do that than pitcher-friendly San Diego.

Kennedy is represented by super agent Scott Boras and he had a very good 2014, so maybe the 30-year-old right-hander will try to maximize his earning potential both in contract length and total dollars on the open market. That would put the Padres in line for draft-pick compensation if a qualifying offer is made and then rejected.

FanGraphs’ community projections have Kennedy getting something like three years, $36 million. David Price, Zack Greinke, Johnny Cueto, Jordan Zimmermann, Mike Leake, Marco Estrada, Hisashi Iwakuma, Scott Kazmir, Wei-Yin Chen, and Yovani Gallardo are some of the other members of this stacked free agent starting pitcher class.