Rangers decline Alex Rios’ $13.5 million option

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Texas has declined its $13.5 million option on outfielder Alex Rios, giving him a $1 million buyout instead.

Rios is now a free agent coming off a season in which he hit .280 with four homers and a .709 OPS in 131 games.

In his prime Rios combined above-average hitting with good speed and defense, but at age 34 he’s no longer a standout defender even in a corner outfield spot and he’s got a .735 OPS in 287 games dating back to last year.

He’ll be a starter somewhere next season, but for a whole lot less than $13.5 million.

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.