Giants look likely to trade for Pablo Sandoval’s replacement

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Having failed to re-sign Pablo Sandoval and missed out on signing Chase Headley as his replacement, the Giants are in the market for a new third baseman.

Chris Haft of MLB.com writes that a trade is looking more and more likely because even secondary options like Jed Lowrie are no longer available on the free agent market.

Asdrubal Cabrera might be the best bet among remaining free agents, but according to Haft some trade candidates include Lonnie Chisenhall of the Indians, Casey McGehee of the Marlins, and Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox.

Sandoval left the Giants to sign a five-year, $90 million deal with the Red Sox and Headley re-signed with the Yankees for $52 million over four years.

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.