Rangers claim Ed Lucas on waivers from the Marlins

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The Rangers have claimed infielder Ed Lucas on a waiver claim from the Marlins, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

Lucas, 32, was a career minor leaguer until getting the call up to the show in 2013. In 573 big league plate appearances, Lucas hasn’t done a whole lot, hitting .255/.302/.323 with five home runs and 37 RBI. However, Lucas is versatile, having played all four infield positions as well as in the outfield corners to a lesser extent. He will wear many hats, serving as a utility guy for the Rangers.

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.