Are the Pirates about to let a Gold Glove winner walk out the door? Possibly. Shortstop Ronny Cedeno is among three finalists for a NL Glove Glove Award, which will be awarded Tuesday night. This morning, the Pirates opted not to pick up Cedeno’s $3 million contract option for 2012, making him a free agent. Cedeno ranked fourth in the NL with a career-best .978 fielding percentage. He strung together 45 mistake-free games (44 at shortstop, one at second) from April 16 through June 9. Neil Walker also is a finalist for a Gold Glove. Walker this season led NL second basemen with a .992 fielding percentage and ended the season with a 56-game errorless streak.
Here are the finalists, according to an ESPN release:
AL pitcher: Mark Buehrle, White Sox; Dan Haren, Angels; Fausto Carmona, Indians. NL pitcher: Clayton Kershaw, Dodgers; Hiroki Kuroda, Dodgers; Kyle Lohse, Cardinals.
AL catcher: Matt Wieters, Orioles; A.J. Pierzynski, White Sox; Alex Avila, Tigers. NL catcher: Yadier Molina, Cardinals; Brian McCann, Braves; Carlos Ruiz, Phillies.
AL first baseman: Adrian Gonzalez, Red Sox; Casey Kotchman, Rays; Mark Teixeira, Yankees. NL first baseman: Joey Votto, Reds; Gaby Sanchez, Marlins; James Loney, Dodgers.
AL second baseman: Dustin Pedroia, Red Sox; Robinson Cano, Yankees; Ian Kinsler, Rangers. NL second baseman: Brandon Phillips, Reds; Walker; Omar Infante, Marlins
AL shortstop: Erick Aybar, Angels; J.J. Hardy, Orioles; Asdrubal Cabrera, Indians. NL shortstop: Cedeno; Troy Tulowitzki, Rockies; Alex Gonzalez, Braves.
AL third baseman: Adrian Beltre, Rangers; Kevin Youkilis, Red Sox; Evan Longoria, Rays. NL third baseman: Placido Polanco, Phillies; Daniel Descalso, Cardinals; Pablo Sandoval, Giants.
AL left fielder: Alex Gordon, Royals: Brett Gardner, Yankees; Sam Fuld, Rays. NL left fielder: Gerardo Parra, D’backs; Ryan Braun, Brewers; Matt Holliday, Cardinals.
AL center fielder: Jacoby Ellsbury, Red Sox; Austin Jackson, Tigers; Peter Bourjos, Angels. NL center fielder: Matt Kemp, Dodgers; Shane Victorino, Phillies; Chris Young, D’backs.
AL right fielder: Nick Markakis, Orioles; Torii Hunter, Angels; Jeff Francoeur, Royals. NL right fielder: Andre Ethier, Dodgers; Carlos Beltran, Mets/Giants; Jay Bruce, Reds.