NEW YORK — Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt, Pirates outfielder Andrew McCutchen and Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina are the three finalist for the National League Most Valuable Player Award.
The finalists were announced Tuesday by the Baseball Writers Association of America, which votes for the award.
Goldschmidt and Molina were named as Gold Glove winners last month, and Goldschmidt also won the Hank Aaron Award as the NL’s best hitter.
The AL MVP finalists are Detroit third baseman Miguel Cabrera, who won last year, Baltimore first baseman Chris Davis and Angels outfielder Mike Trout, who has been a finalist in each of his first two major league seasons.
The winners will be revealed next week live on the MLB Network, beginning Monday with the two rookies of the year and concluding Thursday with the MVPs.
Miami’s Jose Fernandez is one of three finalists for the NL’s Cy Young Award and is also up for Rookie of the Year. In Cy Young balloting, he is up against 2011 winner Clayton Kershaw of the Dodgers and the Cardinals’ Adam Wainwright.
In the AL Cy Young competition, Detroit’s Max Scherzer is pitted against two Japanese pitchers, Texas’ Yu Darvish and Seattle’s Hisashi Iwakuma. The Cy Young winners will be announced Wednesday.
Cardinals pitcher Shelby Miller and Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig round out the NL Rookie of the Year candidates. In the AL, Tampa Bay pitcher Chris Archer and outfielder Wil Myers are finalists with Detroit shortstop Jose Iglesias.
Oakland’s Bob Melvin is trying to become the first repeat winner of the AL Manager of the Year award and a three-time winner overall. Also nominated in the AL are Cleveland’s Terry Francona and John Farrell of the World Series champion Red Sox, both in their first season with new ballclubs.
In the NL, Atlanta’s Fredi Gonzalez, Pittsburgh’s Clint Hurdle and the Dodgers’ Don Mattingly will all be vying for their first awards. Managers of the year will be picked on Tuesday.