John Farrell and his old friend Terry Francona are finalists for the American League Manager of the Year award, as voted on by the Baseball Writers’ Association Of America.
Bob Melvin of the Athletics also is a finalist. Voting was done at the end of the regular season.
Farrell led the Red Sox to 97 wins a season after they finished in last place in the AL East. Francona took over the Indians and directed them to 92-70 record and a wild-card playoff berth.
It was Cleveland’s first winning record since 2007. Francona has never been Manager of the Year.
Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias is a finalist for AL Rookie of the Year. He started the season with the Red Sox before being traded in July. Tampa Bay outfielder Wil Myers and righthander Chris Archer are the other finalists.
The finalists for the AL Cy Young Award are Yu Darvish of the Rangers, Hisashi Iwakuma of the Mariners, and the Tigers’ Max Scherzer. In the NL, the finalists are Jose Fernandez of the Marlins, Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers, and Adam Wainwright of the Cardinals.
The finalists for AL MVP are Miguel Cabrera of the Tigers, Chris Davis of the Orioles, and Mike Trout of the Angels. In the NL, the finalists are Paul Goldschmidt of the Diamondbacks, Andrew McCutchen of the Pirates, and Yadier Molina of the Cardinals.
The BBWAA will announce the winners next week, beginning with the Rookie of the Year awards on Monday.
Surgery for Pedroia
Dustin Pedroia will have surgery on his left thumb Nov. 12 in Arizona to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament.
The second baseman told ESPN Boston that the procedure could be more complicated than initially thought. If the ligament cannot be salvaged, Dr. Donald Sheridan may need to graft a piece of wrist tendon into the thumb, a procedure similar to Tommy John elbow surgery.
In either case, Pedroia should be ready for spring training. He will need 4-8 weeks of recovery, depending on the surgery.
DiSarcina to Angels
Triple A Pawtucket manager Gary DiSarcina has been hired by the Angels as their third base coach.
Pawtucket was 80-63 under DiSarcina, winning the International League North Division.
DiSarcina might have stayed in the Red Sox organization had a position opened on the major league staff, but general manager Ben Cherington said Monday he expected all of the coaches to return.
DiSarcina, 45, went to Billerica High and UMass before playing for the Angels from 1989-2000. He was with the Red Sox from 2006-10, managing in the minors before becoming infield coordinator. He rejoined the Angels in 2011 as a special assistant to the general manager before becoming their minor league field coordinator in 2012.
For Pawtucket, 2014 will bring its fifth manager in six years.Peter Abraham can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @PeteAbe.