While the Red Sox wait for Jon Lester to make a decision, Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe reports that they’ve made a multi-year contract offer to Justin Masterson.
Masterson was the Red Sox’s second-round draft pick in 2006, debuted with Boston in 2008, and was traded to the Indians in 2009 in the deal for Victor Martinez.
He’s coming off an injury wrecked, career-worst season at age 29, but Masterson tossed at least 180 innings in each of the previous four seasons and proved to be a solid mid-rotation starter despite issues against left-handed hitters.
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.