Yoenis Cespedes is a Gold Glover … just not a New York Mets Gold Glover.
Cespedes won the American League Gold Glove in left field, earning the honor for the first time in his career. He beat out fellow AL finalists Alex Gordon and Brett Gardner.
Cespedes won despite being traded from the Detroit Tigers to the New York Mets on July 31.
In 99 games in left field with the Tigers, Cespedes accumulated 11 defensive runs saved, the most of any left fielder in the American League. He had four more Defensive Runs Saved at the position with the Mets, though he primarily played center field for them.
Cespedes was helped by a weak field. Gordon was limited due to injury and Gardner had a down year. The statistical component of the voting also helped Cespedes.
Gold Gloves are awarded based on the voting of managers and coaches and a statistical component (the SABR Defensive Index) that proportionally awards approximately 25 percent of the vote. In the most recent version of the SABR Defensive Index released approximately three weeks before the season ended, Cespedes had nearly twice as high a score as his nearest competitor.
Meanwhile, Curtis Granderson was beaten for the National League Gold Glove in right field by Jason Heyward. Bryce Harper was the other finalist.