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Rays Alex Cobb, Evan Longoria finalists for Gold Glove awards revealed tonight

By Marc Topkin
Evan Longoria won Gold Gloves in 2009-10 for the Rays. [WILL VRAGOVIC / TAMPA BAY TIMES]

RHP Alex Cobb and 3B Evan Longoria are finalists for Gold Glove awards that will be announced tonight, the show starting at 9 on ESPN.

Longoria, who won the award in 2009-10 with the Rays, is competing against  Baltimore's Manny Machado (winner in 2013, 2015) and Cleveland's Jose Ramirez, who split his time between third and second base.

Longoria measures up well, with fewer errors than Machado (12-14) and more DRS (11-6), though he trailed in Ultimate Zone Rating metric, 3.2 to 4.7. Ramirez, who had less time at third, had six errors, 0 DRS and a 3.8 UZR.

"I've always said that even when I struggle offensively I want my defense to help the team. Being nominated is nice,'' Longoria said last month when the finalists were named.

Judging pitchers defensively is harder given limited action, but Cobb, now a free agent, had an AL co-leading five pickoffs and three errors. He was excited to be honored with Boston's Chris Sale (no pickoffs, no errors) and Toronto's Marcus Stroman (one, one).

"It really means a lot to be recognized for something I take so much pride in," Cobb said. "I've always considered fielding my position a major part of being a complete pitcher."

Rays centerfielder Kevin Kiermaier, who missed time with an injury after winning the past two years, was ineligible based on the award requirements for innings played in the team's first 138 games.