NEW YORK — Slugger Kris Bryant, pitchers Jon Lester and Kyle Hendricks, and manager Joe Maddon of the World Series champion Chicago Cubs are among the finalists for baseball's major postseason awards.
The Baseball Writers' Association of America announced the top three vote-getters in each category Monday.
The honors will be announced next week on MLB Network. Voting was completed by the end of the regular season.
Bryant, Nationals second baseman Daniel Murphy and Dodgers shortstop Corey Seager are up for NL MVP. Astros second baseman Jose Altuve, Red Sox rightfielder Mookie Betts and Angels centerfielder Mike Trout are on the AL side.
The AL Cy Young Award is between Cleveland's Corey Kluber, Boston's Rick Porcello and Detroit's Justin Verlander. In the NL, it's Lester, Hendricks or Washington's Max Scherzer.
BLACK READY FOR CHALLENGE: Bud Black really has no radical or revolutionary ideas about how to reliably pitch in the thin air at Coors Field. Just an age-old concept. "You know what works here — good pitching and making pitches and getting outs," Black said after being introduced as Rockies manager. "That's what we have to do. I don't think we have to change anybody. We've got to make guys better. And these guys are pretty good to start with."
STAATS A HALL FINALIST: Longtime Rays TV man Dewayne Staats is one of eight finalists for the Baseball Hall of Fame Frick Award, given for broadcasting excellence. Other nominees are: Gary Cohen, Jacques Doucet, Ken Harrelson, Pat Hughes, Bill King, Mike Krukow and Ned Martin. The electees, chosen by a panel of past winners and historians, will be announced Dec. 7.
DODGERS: Former Rays left-hander Scott Kazmir, 32, decided not to opt out of the final two seasons of his contract, choosing to keep $32 million in pay rather than become a free agent.
WHITE SOX: Former Rays right-hander James Shields is keeping his contract rather than becoming a free agent. Shields, 32, is due $21 million each of the next two years.
Times staff writer Marc Topkin contributed to this report.