Angel Pagan to undergo back surgery, out three months

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Whatever playoff run the Giants have in them this season will have to be without center fielder Angel Pagan, who will undergo back surgery Thursday and need at least three months of recovery time.

Pagan has been hurt for much of the season, playing just 96 games, although when healthy enough to be in the lineup he had one of his best years by hitting .300 with a .731 OPS.

Gregor Blanco will be the Giants’ starting center fielder and leadoff man in Pagan’s absence, leaving manager Bruce Bochy to mix and match various options in left field.

Pagan, who turned 33 years old in July, is under contract for $9 million in 2015 and $10 million in 2016.

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.