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Twins’ Byron Buxton Wins Wilson Defensive Player Of The Year Award

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Three days after winning his first career Gold Glove Award, Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was another first-time winner Friday night as he took home the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award.

This particular award is given to the best overall defender in baseball. It was established in 2012 for one player in each league; but since 2014 it’s been given to just one individual.

According to MLB.com, the Wilson Award “considers various defensive metrics” in determining nine winners (one at each position), one team winner, and one top defender.

Buxton, 23, led all Major League center fielders with 24 defensive runs saved. He was also the best in baseball at making plays that had a 1-10% chance of being made, making 27.8% of said plays, according to MLB.com per Inside Edge.

The Los Angeles Dodgers took home the honor for Defensive Team of the Year.

Here’s a complete list of Friday night’s Wilson Defensive Players of the Year:

C– Martin Maldonado, Los Angeles Angels
1B– Carlos Santana, Cleveland Indians
2B– DJ LeMahieu, Colorado Rockies
3B– Nolan Arenado, Colorado Rockies
SS– Andrelton Simmons, Los Angeles Angels
LF– Alex Gordon, Kansas City Royals
CF– Byron Buxton, Minnesota Twins
RF– Yasiel Puig, Los Angeles Dodgers
P– Tyler Chatwood, Colorado Rockies

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Red Sox Designate Eduardo Nunez For Assignment

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Eduardo Nunez

The Boston Red Sox have designated infielder Eduardo Nunez for assignment, according to a team announcement on Monday.

Boston also optioned right hander Hector Velazquez to Triple A Pawtucket.

In corresponding moves, the Red Sox have called up right hander Ryan Weber and first basemen/outfielder Sam Travis from Triple A.

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Royals Considered Likely to be Moving Billy Hamilton, Terrance Gore

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Billy Hamilton

As the trade deadline approaches, the Kansas City Royals may be ready to enter sale mode.

According to MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan, the Royals may be moving both Billy Hamilton and Terrance Gore, who has already been designated for assignment.

Hamilton has been dropped to a backup role following the Royals call up of top prospect Bubba Starling, and hasn’t started a game since July 3rd.

Hamilton has posted a .217/.284/.271 slash line this season.

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Orioles’ Mychal Givens Drawing Trade Interest

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Mychal Givens

The Baltimore Orioles are again going to be sellers at the trade deadline and it appears that closer Mychal Givens is available, and drawing interest, according to MASNSports’ Rock Kubatko.

Per the report, the Washington Nationals and the Philadelphia Phillies have expressed interest in the pitcher.

Givens has posted a 4.50 ERA this season for Baltimore.

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