Ryan Spilborghs signs minor-league deal with Indians

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UPDATE: It’s a done deal. Spilborghs gets a minor-league contract with an invitation to spring training.

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Ryan Spilborghs was non-tendered by the Rockies last month and Troy Renck of the Denver Post reports that the veteran outfielder is expected to sign with the Indians.

Spilborghs was productive in a part-time role for the Rockies from 2006-2010, hitting .281 with a .794 OPS while averaging 308 plate appearances per season, but batted just .210 with a career-low .588 OPS last season and is now 32 years old.

Cleveland has been looking for right-handed-hitting outfield depth to pair with their left-handed-hitting starters Shin-Soo Choo, Grady Sizemore, and Michael Brantley, so Spilborghs would make sense in a bench role.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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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.