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Alex Gordon interested in contract extension with Royals

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Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that his agent recently talked to Royals general manager Dayton Moore about a long-term contract extension.

Gordon made it clear that he wants to remain with the Royals, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star:

Staying here? Heck, yeah. I love it here. I love the guys here. I love being close to home. I love the fans. I love everything about this place.

Despite seemingly being around forever Gordon is still just 27 years old and remains under team control for two more seasons via arbitration, so from the Royals’ point of view there’s no rush to get something done. Next year he’ll get a big raise from his current $1.4 million salary, but will likely still earn under $5 million.

After spending much of last year in the minors Gordon is finally having his long-awaited breakout season, hitting .298 with 14 homers, 36 doubles, and an .852 OPS in 116 games. The former No. 2 overall pick and one-time top prospect came into the season as a career .244 hitter with a .733 OPS in 408 games.

The Nationals acquire Marc Rzepczynski from the Athletics

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The Nationals have acquired left-handed reliever Marc Rzepczynski and cash considerations from the A’s in exchange for minor league infielder Max Schrock.

Schrock is a 21-year-old second baseman who has been pretty darn impressive in A-ball this year, but the Nats can be excused for giving up promise in 2018 or whatever for some bullpen help come playoff time. Rzepczynski walks a few too many guys for my taste but he strikes ’em out at a pretty decent rate for a LOOGY and the Nats could use another southpaw reliever apart from Oliver Perez. This is especially true given how many tough lefty hitters they may face in the playoffs.

On the basic merits, sure, Rzepczynski for Schrock may look pretty dang good for the A’s in a few years. But this October the A’s will be watching on TV from home while the Nats will be trying to win it all, making the trade pretty darn understandable from their point of view.

 

Video: Minor leaguer dives over the wall to rob a home run

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Meanwhile, in Tulsa, Zach Welz of the visiting Arkansas Travelers made a spectacular catch. It was the catch Torii Hunter tried to make on that famous David Ortiz homer in the playoffs a few years back except Welz made it.

Watch as he topples over the wall to come up with the would-be dinger off the bat of Tulsa Drillers first baseman Cody Bellinger: