Cool: Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report

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I’d love stuff like this even if it wasn’t about my most favoritest player of all time.  Greg Maddux’s high school scouting report. Highlights:

“I really believe that this boy would possibly be the number 1 player taken in the country if only he looked a bit more physical.”

I watched him pitch for 23 years and one of the reasons he was so awesome was because he never looked at all physical. Really, I’d say 35% of his appeal was the fact that he looked like the clerk at a car rental counter.  Also:

“Weaknesses: lacks overall control on all pitches.”

Gee, I wonder if he ever figured that out?

(link via Big League Stew)

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

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MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reports that the Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon are “getting close” to an agreement on a one-year contract. Terms of the deal aren’t yet known, but the Royals could make it official within the next few days.

Gordon, who turns 36 years old next month, hit .266/.345/.396 with 13 home runs and 76 RBI over 633 plate appearances with the Royals this past season. His offense has waned, owning an adjusted OPS of 84 since 2016 (100 is average), but he still plays decent defense.

Gordon has spent all 13 years of his major league career with the Royals. With the club in a rebuilding phase, he will serve as the clubhouse leader and be a mentor to younger players on the roster.