Finalists for the Gold Glove Awards were announced Thursday, and the Boston Red Sox have three contenders: Dustin Pedroia at second base, Yoenis Cespedes in left field and Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field.
Pedroia is vying for his second straight and fourth Gold Glove overall at second base, having also claimed the honor in 2008, 2011 and 2013. His competition this year includes the Seattle Mariners' Robinson Cano, who won two Gold Gloves while playing for the New York Yankees, as well as the Detroit Tigers' Ian Kinsler.
Left fielder Cespedes came over the Red Sox from the Oakland Athletics at the trade deadline. He led the major leagues with 16 outfield assists. Cespedes is seeking his first Gold Glove. The other left-field finalists are the Cleveland Indians' Michael Brantley and the Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon, the three-time defending Gold Glove winner.
Bradley struggled at the plate this season, but played exceptional defense in center field. He looked like a strong contender for the Gold Glove for much of the year, but a demotion to Triple-A in late August may have hurt his chances. Red Sox manager John Farrell can't vote for his own player, but he thinks Bradley is deserving despite his stint in the minors.
"As someone who votes on those, I don't know how others might look at the break in service time," Farrell said on Sept. 7. "He'd get my vote from what we've seen."
Bradley's 13 assists were tops among major league center fielders and tied for third overall, and he posted a league-leading eight double plays, five more than any other outfielder. For the Gold Glove, he is up against Adam Eaton of the Chicago White Sox and three-time winner Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles.