The Padres aren’t done! They’re trading Ryan Hanigan to the Red Sox for Will Middlebrooks

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Jeff Passan reports that the Padres are keeping that trade machine whizzing:

 

They had a hole at first base and Will Middlebrooks had nowhere to play in Boston, so this makes total sense. Meanwhile, the Red Sox get a catcher in Hanigan who can back up/split time with Christian Vazquez.

Hanigan, a good defensive catcher, hit .218/.318/.324 for the Rays last year. His time in San Diego lasted all of two days, coming over in that 11-player trade with the Nationals and Rays. Middlebrooks hit a dreadful .191/.256/.265 but has shown much better in the past. In San Diego, he will join a lineup that is already heavily right-handed.

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.