After a fantastic season of defense at third base, Pablo Sandoval is nominated for a Gold Glove award, along with Placido Polanco and Daniel Descalso. Sandoval led NL third basemen in DRS (+22), and was second in UZR (+12.3). One other Giant, Carlos Beltran, is up for a Gold Glove — though his nomination is sort of a head-scratcher. His defense wasn’t particularly impressive this season, and he didn’t really rate well by defensive metrics (-7.3 UZR, +2 DRS). On Tuesday, November 1st at 10pm ET will be the first (ever) Rawlings Gold Glove Awards Show. In addition, the Fielding Bible awards were announced today, but the Giants did not have a winner.
Today, MLB Trade Rumors posted official Elias rankings for this offseason (see the link for a brief refresher on how Type A/B Free Agency works). Carlos Beltran projects as a Type A Free Agent, while Pat Burrell and Cody Ross project as Type B Free Agents. Beltran’s case is a little odd though, as he can’t be offered arbitration (and thus, can’t bring back compensatory draft picks for the Giants if he chooses to sign elsewhere). It’s in his contract: club agreed to not offer arbitration after 2011 season.