Royals not willing to “dump” former top prospect Alex Gordon

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In addition to teams calling the Royals about Zack Greinke’s availability Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star reports that Alex Gordon is generating some interest in as well. However, according to Dutton the Royals aren’t “willing to dump him for little in return.”

Gordon is a former college player of the year and No. 2 overall pick, but he’s 27 years old and has mostly been a bust. Beyond that the Royals demoted him to the minors this season and only recalled him after he absolutely destroyed Triple-A pitching for two months, making it seem like he was no longer in their plans.

However, general manager Dayton Moore indicated late in the season that they were still likely to hold onto Gordon for at least one more year. And that makes sense, because the Royals aren’t going to get anything significant in return for him at this point anyway and with another rebuilding year on the horizon are certainly in a position to let him sink or swim in 2011.

Report: Welington Castillo to be suspended 80 games for violating Joint Drug Agreement

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Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms a report from journalist Américo Celado that White Sox catcher Welington Castillo will be suspended 80 games for violating baseball’s Joint Drug Agreement. Castillo was believed to have used a steroid, but according to Rosenthal, the substance was not a steroid. More details should come on Thursday.

Castillo, 31, entered Wednesday’s action batting .270/.314/.477 with six home runs and 15 RBI in 118 plate appearances. He has gotten the bulk of the work behind the plate, backed up by Omar Narváez.

Castillo’s absence will likely prompt the White Sox to call up Kevan Smith from Triple-A Charlotte. Smith battled an ankle injury in March and April, so he got a late start to the season. In 102 PA at Triple-A, he has hit .283/.343/.457.