Dodgers first baseman Adrian Gonzalez and pitcher Zack Greinke won Gold Glove Awards at their positions Tuesday.
Greinke, 31, had never won a Gold Glove award before in his career. Greinke made one error in 59 chances this season, a .983 fielding percentage.
Gonzalez had won the award three times before in his career, twice with the San Diego Padres and once with the Boston Red Sox. No Dodgers first baseman had won a Gold Glove award since Steve Garvey in 1977.
Gonzalez gets an additional $100,000 from the Dodgers for winning the award, part of a bonus clause that was written into his 2012 contract with the Boston Red Sox.
Juan Uribe was a finalist for a Gold Glove award at third base. He fell short in the balloting to defending winner Nolan Arenado of the Colorado Rockies. Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw was a finalist to win the award along with Greinke.
Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw is a finalist for the National League Cy Young and Most Valuable Player awards.
Tuesday’s announcement of the top three vote-getters in each BBWAA award category came as little surprise. Kershaw had a career year for the Dodgers, going 21-3 with a 1.77 earned-run average — both major-league highs. Despite missing the month of April with a back injury, Kershaw also led the majors in complete games (6), ERA+ (197), WHIP (1.857) and strikeouts per nine innings (10.8) among other categories.
The Reds’ Johnny Cueto and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright are the other finalists for the NL Cy Young Award. The winner will be announced Nov. 12.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen, the defending winner, are also MVP finalists. The winner will be announced Nov. 13.
Kershaw was the only Dodgers player among the top three vote-getters in any category. No National League pitcher has finished among the top three vote-getters in MVP balloting since Greg Maddux in 1995; no NL pitcher has won an MVP award since Bob Gibson in 1968.
Former Dodgers catcher Russell Martin batted 290 with 11 home runs and 67 RBIs for the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2014.
The signing of Ryan Jackson and the release of Scott Elbert yesterday put the Dodgers’ 40-man roster at 36 Monday. Today is the first day free agents can sign with any club. With four empty roster spots, what should Andrew Friedman do?
Here are four free ideas:
The Dodgers re-signed pitchers Barry Enright and Juan Gonzalez to minor league contracts Monday, according to BaseballAmerica.com.
The Dodgers claimed Enright off waivers after he was released by the Philadelphia Phillies in July. The 28-year-old right-hander pitched in eight games (five starts) for Triple-A Albuquerque last season, going 0-4 with an 8.10 ERA.
Gonzalez spent all of last season at Double-A Chattanooga, his first year in he Dodgers organization after beginning his career in the Colorado Rockies’ system. The 24-year-old right-hander made 54 appearances, all in relief, and limited left-handed hitters to a .225 batting average. Right-handers hit just .256 against Gonzalez, but he struggled with control, walking 47 batters and striking out 48 in 70 innings.
The Dodgers claimed shortstop Ryan Jackson off waivers from the San Diego Padres on Monday.
Jackson, 26, was playing for the Padres’ Triple-A affiliate in April when he suffered a serious wrist injury that required surgery. He returned to play two Triple-A games at the end of August.
A 2009 draft pick out of the University of Miami, Jackson has two hits in 24 career at-bats, all with the St. Louis Cardinals in 2012 and 2013.
The Dodgers have 36 players on their 40-man roster.
Dodgers pitcher Scott Elbert reacts after giving up a two-run home run to St. Louis Cardinals’ Kolten Wong (background) during the seventh inning of the Dodgers’ 3-1 loss in Game 3 of the NLDS on Monday. (Associated Press photo)
Scott Elbert, who journeyed back from Tommy John surgery to capture an unlikely playoff roster spot in 2014, has elected free agency and been removed from the Dodgers’ 40-man roster.
Elbert, 29, was designated for assignment in June, went unclaimed, and pitched his way back onto the Dodgers’ roster for a September call-up. He made seven regular-season appearances and allowed only one run, then was a surprise selection to the Dodgers’ National League Division Series roster against the St. Louis Cardinals.
In his only postseason appearance, Elbert gave up a two-run home run to the Cardinals’ Kolten Wong in Game 3 of the series, a 3-1 Dodgers loss.
In six major-league seasons, Elbert has made 127 appearances, all out of the Dodgers’ bullpen. He has a 4-3 record and a 3.57 earned-run average.
Elbert was a first-round draft pick by the Dodgers in 2004.
Dodgers pitcher Brian Wilson blew four of five save opportunities in 2014. He will make $9.5 million next season. (Getty Images)
exercised a player option in his contract that will pay the right-hander $9.5 million in 2015.
Wilson made 61 appearances in 2014, all but six of which came in the eighth inning or later. He began the season as the primary set-up man to Kenley Jansen, but finished the season as more of a situational eighth-inning reliever. Wilson struggled to retire left-handed hitters all season (.914 OPS) and blew four of the five save opportunities he was given.
Hanley Ramirez hit 13 home runs and stole 14 bases in an injury-plagued 2014 season. (Associated Press photo)
As expected, the Dodgers have extended a qualifying offer to free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez. Ramirez has until 2 p.m. next Monday to accept the offer, which amounts to a one-year contract worth $15.3 million.
If Ramirez rejects the offer and signs with another team, the Dodgers would receive a compensatory draft pick in June 2015.
Ramirez, 30, slashed .283/.369/.448 in the final year of a six-year, $70 million contract that he signed as a member of the Miami Marlins. Though he was a steadying force on offense (132 OPS-plus), he struggled mightily on defense. His .963 fielding percentage matched Washington’s Ian Desmond for the lowest among regular National League shortstops and his -10.3 UZR was the lowest among all NL shortstops.
The Dodgers cannot move Ramirez to third base without displacing Juan Uribe, or to first base without displacing Adrian Gonzalez. If that doesn’t make a return to Los Angeles unlikely, Ramirez would be taking a voluntary pay cut from the $16 million he made last year if he accepts the qualifying offer.
In the last two years, 22 free agents have received qualifying offers and none have accepted.
Though Ramirez’s nagging injuries were a constant source of concern last season, there should be a sizable market for a player with a career batting average of .300, plus power and the ability to steal a base. Ramirez could prolong his peak years by moving to the American League, where he can be a designated hitter.
Sports Illustrated today ranked the top 50 free agents and picked two — catcher Russell Martin and pitcher Jason Hammel — as “best fits” for the Dodgers.
Of Hammel, Ben Reiter writes:
He’d be a smart signing for the Dodgers and could make for a very effective No. 4 starter behind Clayton Kershaw, Zack Greinke and Hyun-Jin Ryu.
And of Martin:
The Dodgers have been getting by with A.J. Ellis behind the plate for a few seasons, but that will change in 2015. New team president Andrew Friedman’s first major expenditure will likely be to bring Martin back to the club for which he played between 2006 and ’10.
Free agent shortstop Hanley Ramirez, meanwhile, was tabbed a “best fit” for the New York Yankees. The Dodgers are expected to extend Ramirez a qualifying offer today.
Each qualifying offer is a one-year, $15.3 million contract. If the player rejects it and signs elsewhere, his former team receives a supplemental-round draft pick in 2015.
I couldn’t resist. That made for a funny headline. It’s also true.
FanGraphs.com has an explanation of its first-ever Player of the Year award and how its judges voted here.
As for the bigger awards Kershaw is eligible to win this month: The National League Cy Young Award will be announced Nov. 12 and the MVP award will be announced Nov. 13.