Oscar Taveras dies after car accident in the Dominican Republic

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Some sad news on on this Sunday night: Cardinals outfielder Oscar Taveras and his girlfriend were killed in a car accident Sunday afternoon in Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. The report is confirmed by Dionisio Soldevila of ESPN Deportes and Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports. Taveras was 22.

Per MLB.com’s Jenifer Langosch, the Cardinals are waiting for more details before confirming the news.

Taveras made his major league debut on May 31. He entered the season rated as one of baseball’s top-three prospects and appeared to have a bright future with the Cardinals. The highlight of his career came in Game 2 of the NLCS against the Giants when he hit a pinch-hit solo home run off of Jean Machi.

We send our deepest condolences to the families of Taveras and his girlfriend, the Cardinals organization, and Cardinals fans.

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.