Over the course of the past two weeks, the Boston Red Sox have been very active in the trade market, first by acquiring Aaron Hill from the Milwaukee Brewers, then by adding Brad Ziegler in a trade with the Arizona Diamondbacks. Most recently, Dave Dombrowksi made a bold move to acquire lefty Drew Pomeranz from the San Diego Padres in exchange for highly-regarded pitching prospect Anderson Espinoza. With these additions, the Red Sox have improved all three major areas of need: bench depth, the bullpen, and the rotation.
With the calendar having turned to June, I continue with my monthly awards race series, which from here on out will consist of cumulative totals to this point in the season. As mentioned in my previous post, the four awards categories that I will focus on are MVP, Cy Young, Silver Sluggers, and Gold Gloves. Unlike last month, however, I have decided to make a slight alteration to the statistics that I use to determine these leaders. MVPs and Cy Youngs will still be determined by overall WAR, and Silver Sluggers with still be based on Offensive Runs Above Replacement (Off). Now though, for Gold Gloves, UZR will be used for position players, Defensive Runs Above Replacement (Def) for Catchers, and Defensive Runs Saved (DRS) for pitchers. This will provide the most accurate and consistent rankings from here on out. Still, advanced metrics are not perfect, so I will continue providing a brief summary of the results for each league.