Machado and Simmons are the first players not named Yadier Molina or Adrian Beltre to win the award, which debuted at the end of the 2011 season. Machado, who was the American League's Gold Glove winner at the hot corner, was 32 runs above average in the field, according to Baseball-Reference, and accumulated 4.3 WAR on defense alone.
Simmons, a National League Gold Glove winner, displayed similar wizardry at shortstop, finishing the year 30 runs above average and racking up 5.4 WAR with his glove.
Other news from around the league:
- Speaking of the Orioles and Braves, Baltimore is expected to hire Atlanta special assistant Dom Chiti as its new pitching coach, according to MASNsports.com's Roch Kubatko. Chiti was a long-time coach in the Texas Rangers organization and served as their big-league bullpen coach in 2006 and 2007.
- The New York Yankees are interested in bringing back Eric Chavez for a bench role, per Dan Martin of the New York Post. Chavez revived his career while with the Yankees in 2012 by hitting .281/.348/.496 with 16 home runs in 313 plate appearances, which was his highest total in any season since 2007.
- The Rockies can be added to the list of teams interested in free-agent pitcher Tim Hudson, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post, who claims up to 15 clubs could be eyeing the 38-year-old veteran.