Note to base runners: Do not run on Jorge Soler’s arm

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This one is going on the scouting report. With the Pirates and Cubs tied 3-3 with one out in the top of the sixth, Jose Tabata lined a Justin Grimm fastball down the right field line. The ball took a friendly carom off of the wall and hopped right back to right fielder Jorge Soler. Soler angled his body towards second base and threw a one-hop seed to shortstop Javier Baez, who applied the tag on Tabata for the second out of the inning.

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It takes a bit of time for teams to catch on to a new outfielder’s arm strength, as Yoenis Cespedes was allowed to rack up 15 assists this season even after doing this and this about two weeks apart. Soon, though, base runners will hesitate to attempt to take an extra base on Soler if he continues to show a strong, accurate arm.

Due to inclement weather, the game was eventually suspended with one out in the top of the seventh. The game will resume at 3 PM EST today. Soler is 0-for-2 with a sacrifice fly.

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.