Diamondbacks avoid arbitration with David Hernandez

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David Hernandez looked like a non-tender candidate after undergoing Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery in April, but the Diamondbacks decided to keep him around and have now avoided arbitration with the right-handed reliever for $2 million. This according to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish.

Hernandez was arbitration-eligible for the third and final time. He can be a free agent next winter.

The 31-year-old has posted a decent 4.14 ERA (101 ERA+), 1.316 WHIP, and 381 strikeouts in 380 2/3 career major league innings. He should be recovered from surgery by the second month of the 2015 season.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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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.