Marlins have discussed trading for Wade Miley

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In his column for the Miami Herald, Barry Jackson reports that the Marlins have discussed trading starter Nathan Eovaldi to the Diamondbacks for starter Wade Miley. Jackson adds that the Marlins also have interest in free agent pitchers Francisco Liriano and Brandon Morrow.

Miley, 28, was the runner-up in National League Rookie of the Year balloting in 2012. He turned in the worst season of his young career this past season, finishing with a 4.34 ERA and a 183/75 K/BB ratio in 201 1/3 innings.

Eovaldi, 24, also struggled, particularly in the second half of the 2014 season. He finished with a 4.37 ERA and a 142/43 K/BB ratio in 199 2/3 innings.

Both pitchers would become eligible for free agency after the 2017 season.

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.