Here’s what happens when you pitch too slow

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From Baseball Prospectus, here’s a copy of the letter MLB sends you if you go full-Trachsel:

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Better than the letter itself is Adam Sobsey’s imagining of what Mike Ekstrom was thinking as he took so long to warm up and deliver pitches. Based on the lameness and weirdness of my own internal monologue, I’m assuming the reality is not too far from this.

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.