Padres sign Chris Denorfia to two-year extension

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From MLB.com’s Corey Brock comes word that the Padres reached agreement Wednesday on a two-year extension with outfielder Chris Denorfia.

He’ll get $2 million in 2013 and $2.25 million in ’14.

Denorfia has posted a respectable .290/.346/.445 batting line with six home runs, 16 doubles and 30 RBI across 314 plate appearances this season for fourth-place San Diego while making 48 starts in right field, 10 starts in left field and four in center.

The new deal takes care of Denorfia’s final year of arbitration-eligibility and his first year of free agency.

Mark Kotsay also got an extension this summer, so the Friars are all set on mediocre veteran outfielders.

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.