MLB notebook: McCutchen finalist for Gold Glove Award
Andrew McCutchen hopes to become the seventh Pirates outfielder to win a Gold Glove Award when the winners are announced at 9 p.m. Tuesday.
Drew Stubbs of the Cincinnati Reds and Michael Bourn of the Atlanta Braves are the other National League finalists at center field.
McCutchen, who also is a top candidate for the NL MVP Award, made just one error and had a .997 fielding percentage this season.
Roberto Clemente won a Gold Glove in 12 straight seasons from 1961-72. Andy Van Slyke won it five times. Barry Bonds and Dave Parker won it three times apiece. The club's most recent winner was Nate McLouth, who won in 2008.
The award is decided by manager and coaches, who are not allowed to vote for their own players.
The Pirates on Monday outrighted infielder Jeff Clement, catcher Eric Fryer and pitcher Daniel McCutchen to Triple-A Indianapolis.
Fryer immediately elected to become a free agent. Clement and McCutchen will automatically cut their ties with the Pirates at 5 p.m. Friday when eligible minor leaguers are declared free agents.
Shortstop headed west
Shortstop Gustavo Nunez, whom the Pirates acquired last year in the Rule 5 draft, was claimed off waivers by the Arizona Diamondbacks. Nunez spent this past season recovering from a foot injury and never appeared in a game for the Pirates.
Low ratings for Series
The Giants' sweep of the Tigers set a record low for the World Series' television ratings.
The four games on Fox averaged a 7.6 rating and 12 share, Nielsen Media Research said. The previous low was an 8.4 for the 2008 Phillies-Rays and 2010 Giants-Rangers series, which each went five games.
Last year's Cardinals-Rangers World Series went the full seven games and built momentum to average a 10.0/16.
Yankees keep 2
The New York Yankees exercised their $15 million contract options for second baseman Robinson Cano and outfielder Curtis Granderson for next season.
Cano hit .313 with 33 home runs and 94 RBI this season, and Granderson hit 43 homers and drove in 106 runs but with a .232 average.
In the playoffs, Cano hit .075 (3 for 40) with no home runs, including a 29 at-bat hitless streak. Granderson was 3 for 30 with 16 strikeouts.
Phillies retain Ruiz
Carlos Ruiz will be paid a career-high $5 million next season after the Phillies picked up his 2013 option Monday. Ruiz's agent, Marc Kligman, said that at this point the two sides have not talked about a long-term contract extension for the All-Star catcher, who batted a career-high .325 with 16 homers and 68 RBI.
The Phillies declined options with utility man Ty Wigginton, a former Pirate, and reliever Jose Contreras.
Pierzynski a free agent
Catcher A.J. Pierzynski led the first batch of White Sox players filing for free agency, and the team is expected to announce soon whether it will give buyouts to pitcher Jake Peavy, third baseman Kevin Youkilis and reliever Brett Myers that will make them free agents.
3 Brewers leaving
Brewers shortstop Alex Gonzalez became a free agent after coming off the 60-day disabled list.
The team said Monday that Gonzalez joined Brewers right-handers Shaun Marcum and Francisco Rodriguez in choosing free agency.
The Oakland Athletics exercised their $4.5 million contract option for closer Grant Balfour. The AL West champions declined their half of a $10 million mutual option for shortstop Stephen Drew.
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