Twins make offer to free agent starter Ervin Santana

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There was a report that the Twins had signed the right-hander, but let’s dial it back a little …

FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal tweets that the Twins have an offer out to Ervin Santana, but Rosenthal adds that several other teams are also in the running.

Santana is believed to be looking for a five-year contract, though it seems unlikely that he’ll be able to find it. The 31-year-old had to settle for a one-year, $14.1 million deal from the Braves last winter after posting a 3.24 ERA (127 ERA+) over 211 innings in 2013 for Kansas City. He then posted a 3.95 ERA (92 ERA+) in 196 innings this year with Atlanta. Santana’s free agency is again tied to draft pick compensation.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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1 Comment’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.