J.A. Happ “generating lots of” trade interest

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The Blue Jays sent first baseman Adam Lind to the Brewers on Saturday for right-hander Marco Estrada, clearing up some payroll space and adding depth to their starting pitching staff. Now the Jays may deal from that pitching depth to fill another area of need.

Shi Davidi of Sportsnet.ca reports that left-handed starter J.A. Happ has been “generating lots of interest” on the trading block after posting a decent 4.22 ERA, 1.34 WHIP, and 133/51 K/BB ratio across 158 innings (26 starts) in 2014. Moving him could maybe fetch some offense and clear up a rotation spot for a youngster like Aaron Sanchez or Daniel Norris.

Toronto exercised a $6.7 million option on Happ last week.

The 32-year-old southpaw can become a free agent heading into 2016.

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.