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Nolan Arenado, Matt Chapman win Platinum Glove Awards


The annual Platinum Glove Awards were handed out to the top defenders in each league this weekend. Rockies third baseman Nolan Arenado collected his third career Platinum Glove for the National League, while Athletics third baseman Matt Chapman took home honors for the American League.

The award itself was created in 2011 to recognize a pair of premier defensive players among the current pool of Gold Glove winners. In 2018, that pool included AL standouts Matt Olson, Ian Kinsler, Andrelton Simmons, Alex Gordon, Jackie Bradley Jr., Mookie Betts, Salvador Pérez, and Dallas Keuchel, as well as NL nominees Anthony Rizzo, Freddie Freeman, DJ LeMahieu, Nick Ahmed, Corey Dickerson, Ender Inciarte, Nick Markakis, Yadier Molina, and Zach Greinke. Since 2013, the two Platinum Glove winners have been determined by a combination of fan voting and input from the SABR Defensive Index, though this proved a flawed system in years past.

This year, however, there’s little fault to be found with the selections. Both Arenado and Chapman looked exceptional at the hot corner in 2018; according to FanGraphs, 25-year-old Chapman polished off his sophomore campaign in the majors with 6.5 fWAR and 29 defensive runs saved, a league-leading mark among all AL and NL players at any position. (He has a mind-boggling highlight reel to back up those numbers, too.)

Arenado, meanwhile, held his own in the NL with a career-high 5.7 fWAR and five defensive runs saved. Like the rest of the league’s top defenders, though, he couldn’t hold a candle to Chapman’s infield wizardry and was edged out of a fourth straight Fielding Bible Award when the A’s third baseman laid claim to the hardware earlier this week.

Brewers to give Mike Moustakas a look at second base

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The Brewers reportedly signed third baseman Mike Moustakas to a one-year, $10 million contract on Sunday. While the deal is not yet official,’s Adam McCalvy reports that the Brewers plan to give Moustakas a look at second base during spring training. If all goes well, he will be the primary second baseman and Travis Shaw will stay at third base.

The initial thought was that Moustakas would simply take over at third base for the more versatile Shaw. Moustakas has spent 8,035 of his career defensive innings at third base, 35 innings at first base, and none at second. In fact, he has never played second base as a pro player. Shaw, meanwhile, has spent 268 of his 4,073 1/3 defensive innings in the majors at second base and played there as recently as October.

This is certainly an interesting wrinkle to signing Moustakas, who is a decent third baseman. He was victimized by another slow free agent market, not signing until March last year on a $6.5 million deal with a $15 million mutual option for this season. That option was declined, obviously, and he ended up signing for $5 million cheaper here in February as the Brewers waited him out. Notably, Moustakas did not have qualifying offer compensation attached to him this time around.

Last season, between the Royals and Brewers, the 30-year-old Moustakas hit .251/.315/.459 with 28 home runs and 95 RBI in 635 plate appearances.