CSNWashington.com’s Mark Zuckerman reports that right-handed pitcher Ross Ohlendorf has elected to become a free agent after being activated from the 60-day disabled list Tuesday afternoon and outrighted off the Nationals’ 40-man roster.
Ohlendorf was hampered by a lingering back injury for much of the 2014 season, but the 32-year-old former fourth-round pick of the Diamondbacks registered a cool 3.28 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, and 45/14 K/BB ratio across 60 1/3 innings (seven starts and nine relief appearances) for the Nats in 2013. There should be major league offers out there for him this winter.
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.