CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported yesterday that the Royals, Mariners, and Indians are among the clubs who have checked in free agent outfielder Alex Rios.
Rios turns 34 in February and batted .280/.311/.398 with four home runs, 54 RBI, and 17 stolen bases over 131 games this past season. He was shut down early in September with a nagging thumb injury. The Rangers bought out his 2015 club option for $1 million following the season.
With his power on the decline, Rios is unlikely to land a big money contract this winter, but he should find a starting job somewhere. He recently hired Scott Boras to be his agent.
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.