A’s option for Nick Punto vests at $2.75 million

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As part of a one-year, $3 million contract Nick Punto also got an option for 2015 that vested based on his days spent on the active roster. Punto told Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle that he reached the magic number, so he’s now signed for $2.75 million.

Punto hit just .207 with two homers and a .589 OPS in 73 games for his worst production since 2007. He’ll turn 37 years old in November, so expect limited playing time again next season.

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.