Finalists for the major annual awards voted on by the Baseball Writers Association of America were revealed Wednesday by mlb.com, with the A's and Giants each having two candidates.
Giants catcher Buster Posey, who led the National League in hitting at .336, is a finalist for N.L. MVP, along with Milwaukee outfielder Ryan Braun (who won in 2011), San Diego third baseman Chase Headley, Pittsburgh outfielder Andrew McCutchen and St. Louis catcher Yadier Molina.
The Giants' Bruce Bochy, Cincinnati's Dusty Baker and Washington's Davey Johnson are the finalists for N.L. Manager of the Year.
A's outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is a finalist for American League Rookie of the Year. The others are Los Angeles Angels outfielder Mike Trout and Texas pitcher Yu Darvish.
The A's Bob Melvin is a finalist for A.L. Manager of the Year, along with Baltimore's Buck Showalter and the Chicago White Sox's Robin Ventura.
Winners will be announced next week.
Rockies: Walt Weiss was hired as Colorado's new manager. The former Rockies player, coach and special assistant replaces Jim Tracy, who resigned Oct. 7. The team chose Weiss, also a former Athletic, over two internal candidates, veteran player Jason Giambi and bench coach Tom Runnells, and Arizona third base coach Matt Williams. Weiss, 48, was baseball coach at Regis Jesuit High last season. His son Brody is a senior there.
Dodgers: Mark McGwire is coming home as Los Angeles' hitting coach, lured by the chance to spend more time with his wife and five young children. He replaces Dave Hansen. "It's the first time in my baseball career I have an opportunity to live at home and work at home," he said. The former A's and St. Louis slugger spent the past three seasons as the Cardinals' hitting coach but turned down a contract extension. He's from Pomona and played at USC.
Mets: Jason Bay and New York ended an unproductive three-year relationship when they agreed to terminate the outfielder's contract with one guaranteed season left. The deal makes Bay a free agent and allows the team to spread out the remaining $21 million it owes him.
Padres: Catcher Yasmani Grandal, 23, was suspended 50 games because of a positive test for testosterone.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.