Brian Sabean doesn’t plan to talk to Max Scherzer

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Giants senior vice president and GM Brian Sabean said that he doesn’t plan for the Giants to engage in talks with free agent ace starter Max Scherzer, Alex Pavlovic of the Mercury News reports.

Scherzer is clearly the top remaining pitcher of an unappetizing free agent class for starting pitching (beyond James Shields, of course). The 30-year-old, who took home 2013 AL Cy Young Award honors, led the league with 18 wins while posting a 3.15 ERA and a 252/63 K/BB ratio in 220 1/3 innings.

The Giants have had a relatively quiet off-season after winning their third championship in five years. Their biggest moves have been signing reliever Sergio Romo to a two-year, $15 million deal, signing starter Jake Peavy to a two-year, $24 million deal, and trading for third baseman Casey McGehee. They have notably lost third baseman Pablo Sandoval and 1B/OF Michael Morse to free agency.

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.