D-Backs give fifth starter spot to Patrick Corbin

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23-year-old lefty Patrick Corbin has earned the fifth spot in the Diamondbacks’ starting rotation, reports Steve Gilbert on Twitter. His first start still has not been scheduled yet — he could pitch Saturday in Milwaukee, or flip him with Wade Miley, giving him the Friday start in the series opener.

Corbin had been battling Randall Delgado, acquired from the Braves in the Justin Upton trade, for the spot. Corbin’s 2.81 ERA in 25.2 spring innings pushed him ahead compared to Delgado’s 7.45 ERA in 19.1 innings. Delgado will report to Triple-A Reno and will likely be the first to be called if the D-Backs need rotation help.

In his first taste of big league action last year, Corbin posted a 4.54 ERA in 107 innings and many feel his ERA did not speak to his actual performance.

As you might expect, Corbin was happy with the news:

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.