Royals demote Alex Gordon to the minor leagues

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alex gordon headshot royals.jpgUnsurprisingly, the Royals made the decision Sunday to option former starting third baseman Alex Gordon to Triple-A Omaha.

Gordon spent the first two weeks of the 2010 season on the disabled list and hit just .194 with a .323 slugging percentage in 31 at-bats once he regained his health.  All the while, Alberto Callaspo has jumped out to a hot start and has rightfully earned the Royals’ starting third base gig.  Perhaps Gordon, 26, will find his stroke down in Triple-A and return to the big leagues as a useful utility player.  Or maybe not.  Big-time busts are far from a rarity in the baseball world.

Gordon, as some may remember, was the second overall pick in baseball’s first-year player draft back in 2005.  Justin Upton was selected at No. 1 by the Diamondbacks.

Mets, Orioles have discussed a Matt Harvey trade

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that the Orioles and Mets have discussed a trade for Matt Harvey.

Rosenthal says the discussions have involved a reliever going back to New York and observes that that Harvey and Brad Brach are projected for similar salaries in their final arbitration years which could make a financial match.

There have been a handful of Harvey rumors over the past couple of days, with a report coming out yesterday that the Mets have spoken with at least two teams about their fallen ace. Jon Heyman said today that the Rangers may have been one of those teams. Maybe the Orioles are the second or, perhaps, the third?

All if this has to be pretty deflating if you’re a Mets fan, given the promise and dominance Harvey showed before injuries waylaid him the past two seasons. Harvey is still just 28 but he made only 18 starts and one relief appearance last year, posting a 6.70 ERA with a 67/47 K/BB ratio in 92.2 innings.

If the Mets can’t find a trade partner this winter, they’ll clearly hope for him to rebound at least a little bit in 2018, allowing him to regain some trade value.