Boston Red Sox have several Gold Glove candidates

Aug 27, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25), left fielder Chris Young (30) and right fielder Mookie Betts (50) run off the field after defeating the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 27, 2016; Boston, MA, USA; Boston Red Sox center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. (25), left fielder Chris Young (30) and right fielder Mookie Betts (50) run off the field after defeating the Kansas City Royals at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon (3) throws out San Diego Padres left fielder Alex Dickerson (not pictured) at first during the eighth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 6, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Boston Red Sox catcher Sandy Leon (3) throws out San Diego Padres left fielder Alex Dickerson (not pictured) at first during the eighth inning at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports /

The Red Sox received solid defense from most positions, but the aforementioned trio wraps up the Gold Glove candidates.

The team received slightly below-average production in left field, but

Andrew Benintendi

appears to be a long-term fixture that could boost them toward the top of the league. Unfortunately he didn’t have nearly enough appearances to factor into this season’s discussion. However, he did make what has to be considered the best catch of the year.

Sandy Leon

was one of the breakout surprises of the season, providing the offensive production to match his defensive reputation. Pitchers love working with Leon, while his game-calling and pitch-framing abilities are among the best. He also threw out 41 percent of base runners to rank fourth in the league among catchers with at least 50 starts. However, with barely more than half a season’s worth of starts, he’s unlikely to receive much consideration.

Hanley Ramirez ranks near the bottom of the league at his position in most categories, yet somehow his transition to first base seems rather successful. It’s certainly light years ahead of his adventures in left field a year ago. Of course Han-Ram isn’t winning a Gold Glove, but if they had an award for exceeding expectations then he would likely run away with it.

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Awards are always subjective to the views of the voters, as there are a number of viewpoints used to evaluate players. Regardless of what method they use to determine the Gold Glove winners, it would be a surprise if at last one Red Sox player didn’t walk away with the award at their position.