Rangers officially shut Yu Darvish down for the season

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The Rangers have shut down ace Yu Darvish for the season, per Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. There had been some speculation — and even a push by some in the local media — that Darvish would return before the end of the season, but with the Rangers bringing up the rear in the American League, there was no need to take the risk of exacerbating the right-hander’s injury.

Though it ended a little earlier than expected, Darvish had another great season. He’ll finish with a 10-7 record, a 3.06 ERA, and a 182/49 K/BB ratio in 144 1/3 innings over 22 starts.

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.