It has been reported that the Padres could be willing to move Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, or Tyson Ross this offseason, but Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports hears that their quest to land a bat has also made right-hander Jesse Hahn available.
Hahn is coming off an impressive showing as a rookie in which he posted a 3.07 ERA and 70/32 K/BB ratio in 73 1/3 innings across 12 starts and two relief appearances. The 25-year-old is still years away from even being arbitration-eligible, so the asking price figures to be sky high. But the Padres are reportedly trying to prioritize hitting in an attempt to contend next season.
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.