Second baseman Robinson Cano, who completed his first season Sunday as a Mariner, is the club’s nominee for the Hank Aaron Award, which seeks to honor the “most outstanding offensive performer” in each league.
Cano, 31, led the Mariners in batting (.314) and on-base percentage (.382) and matched third baseman Kyle Seager for the club lead in slugging percentage (.454).
Aaron and a panel of Hall of Fame members will select a recipient in each league and announce a winner during the World Series.
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The award was established in 1999 to mark the 25th anniversary of Aaron breaking the career home run record previously held by Babe Ruth.
The 2013 recipients were Detroit first baseman Miguel Cabrera, and Arizona first baseman Paul Goldschmidt. No Mariner has ever won the award.
Hernandez tabbed as favorite
Mariners ace Felix Hernandez is the betting favorite to win the American League Cy Young Award, according to Bovada.lv, an online gaming site.
Bovada installed Hernandez as a 2/3 favorite with Cleveland right-hander Corey Kluber as next in line at 11/10.
Hernandez improved to 15-6 and won the AL ERA crown at 2.14 after pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings Sunday when the Mariners closed their season with a in a 4-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.
Kluber finished at 18-9 with a 2.44 ERA.
The Cy Young Award is determined by a panel of 30 members of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. That panel consists of two members from the chapter in each of the AL's 15 cities.
Ballots must be returned prior to the start of postseason. The winner will be announced Nov. 12 on MLB Network.
Hernandez previously won the award in 2010. He finished second in 2009, fourth in 2012 and eighth in 2013.
Mariners to pick 21st
The order for the baseball's 2015 new-player draft crystallized Sunday when the regular season ended.
The Mariners will select 21st which, at this point, marks their lowest initial selection since 2010, when they didn't have a first-round pick as a compensation penalty for signing free-agent utilityman Chone Figgins.
Under current draft rules, the Mariners would lose their top 2015 pick if they sign a free agent who receives a qualifying offer from another club.
The draft order is determined by a reverse order of each club's winning percentage, i.e., the club with the worst record drafts first, etc. The first round in 2015 tentatively has 31 picks for the 30 clubs.
The extra pick belongs to the Houston Astros, who will get the second overall selection as compensation for failing to sign pitcher Brady Aiken, whom they chose with the first overall pick in the 2014 draft.
The Mariners chose catcher Alex Jackson with the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft. Jackson subsequently converted to the outfield in the Arizona Rookie League.