The Rays are down to their final three managerial candidates — Dave Martinez is not one of them

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The Rays had a bunch of managerial candidates, but they’ve whittled them down to three. With one notable non-candidate mentioned here:

Dave Martinez not being a candidate after so much time as Joe Maddon’s bench coach pretty much tells you where the Rays are regarding the recent past. Repudiation city, I guess.

Cash has been the bullpen coach in Cleveland under Terry Francona. Wakamatsu and Ibanez were/are both in Kansas City, one ending his playing career, one coaching. Wakamatsu, of course, managed the Mariners for a bit a few years ago.

The Rays have said they want to have someone in place before the Winter Meetings. Those start two weeks from Monday.

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.