Voting now open for the 2014 Platinum Glove Awards

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The 2014 Gold Glove Award winners have been announced. Now you can help determine who wins the 2014 Platinum Glove — given each year (since 2011) to the top defensive player in each league.

Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina won in 2011 and 2012, but Braves shortstop Andrelton Simmons took it in 2013. Both are finalists for the 2014 edition.

Rangers third baseman Adrian Beltre won the American League Platinum Glove in 2011 and 2012 before getting unseated by Manny Machado of the Orioles in 2013. Neither of them are in the running this year because neither of them won 2014 Gold Glove Awards.

Fan voting is now open at Rawlings.com. It closes next week.

White Sox sign José Abreu to a three-year contract extension

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Yesterday the Chicago White Sox made a big signing of a new player, locking up catcher Yasmani Grandal for four years. Today they’ve made another big splash, re-signed current White Sox star José Abreu to a three-year, $50 million contract extension.

Abreu had already accepted the team’s qualifying offer last week so he was ensured of staying in Chicago for 2020, but now they’ll tear that up and replace it with this pact, adding two more years.

Abreu, who turns 33 before spring training, is coming off a 2019 season in which he posted a line of .284/.330/.503 with 33 home runs and 123 RBI. He has spent his entire major league career in Chicago, putting up a line of .293/.349/.513 and socking 179 homers in six seasons.