BY SPNW Staff 11:35AM 10/27/2016

Seager, Cano selected Gold Glove finalists

3B Kyle Seager and 2B Robinson Cano have been selected as finalists for 2016 AL Gold Glove awards, given annually to the top defensive players at each position.

Robinson Cano is a 2016 Gold Glove finalist. / Alan Chitlik, Sportspress Northwest

Mariners 3B Kyle Seager and 2B Robinson Canó were named Thursday as finalists for the 2016 American League Gold Glove awards at their positions. Winners will be announced Nov. 8 on ESPN.

Seager is one of three finalists at third base, with Manny Machado of the Baltimore Orioles and Adrian Beltre of the Texas Rangers. Canó is one of three finalists at second base, with Ian Kinsler of the Detroit Tigers and Dustin Pedroia of the Boston Red Sox.

Seager, who won a Gold Glove in 2014, tied with Beltre among AL third baseman with 15 defensive runs saved. He led AL third basemen in games started (156) and innings played (1,399.2). Since his first full season in 2012, Seager has steadily improved in defensive runs saved, posting -7 in 2012, -8 the following season, +10 in his Gold Glove season of 2014, +1 last season and a career-best +1 this year.

Over the past three years, Seager is one of four ALers to post two seasons of at least +10 at third base.

Canó ranked among league leaders in several defensive categories at second, leading the majors in fielding percentage (.996) and the AL in putouts (311). Canó committed three errors, fewest among second baseman with at least 70 games.

He was second in the AL in Zone Rating with a mark of .827 behind Kinsler. Canó previously won two Gold Glove Award (2010, 2012) while playing for the New York Yankees.

The Gold Gloves are presented annually to 18 players, one for each position, in the American and National leagues. Gold Gloves are voted upon by players, managers and coaches and also based on the SABR Defensive Index.


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