Report: Padres, Red Sox have discussed trading Ian Kennedy for Yoenis Cesepdes

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FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal has the scoop

Ian Kennedy posted a cool 3.63 ERA and 207 strikeouts in 201 innings this past season for San Diego, but he is due to become a free agent next winter. The Red Sox either want a pitcher who’s a little more dominant or one who carries a few more years of contractual control.

Cespedes is also entering a contract year and it’s a little weird the Padres — who went 77-85 in 2014 — would be willing to part with such a good trade chip in Kennedy for a player who might not be around very long. But the Pads have been linked to a wide range of players on the market this winter, so maybe they’re really going for it in 2015 under new general manager A.J. Preller. San Diego has pitching. And a desperate need for offense.

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.