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2018 Gold Glove Award finalists announced

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Major League Baseball has announced the finalists for each position in each league for the 2018 Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Here they are:

Pitchers

Catchers

First basemen

Second basemen

Third basemen

Shortstops

Left fielders

Center fielders

Right fielders

It’s quite interesting to note that some teams were very heavily represented. The Athletics’ entire infield was nominated, as were the outfields of the Red Sox and Braves.

There are also quite a few familiar faces. Last year’s winners who could win another one this year include Maldonado, Simmons, Gordon, and Betts in the AL; Greinke, LeMahieu, Arenado, Crawford, Inciarte, and Heyward in the NL.

The winners of the 2018 Gold Glove Awards will be announced on November 4.

Marlins sign Brandon Kintzler to one-year, $3.25 million deal

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Jon Morosi reported on Saturday that the Marlins signed veteran reliever Brandon Kintzler to a one-year contract worth $3.25 million. The deal includes a club option for 2020 worth $4 million with a $250,000 buyout, according to ESPN’s Jesse Rogers.

Kintzler, 35, put up a terrific 2.68 ERA with 48 strikeouts and 13 walks over 57 innings for the Cubs last season. He’s been mostly good in recent years, but relievers in their mid-30’s have had a tough time finding multi-year deals.

The Marlins have a handful of players who could rack up saves this coming season, namely Drew Steckenrider and José Ureña along with Kintzler. The club will likely use spring training to determine an official closer, if they name one at all. The Marlins have also expressed interest in free agent Pedro Strop.