The Blue Jays are trying to trade for a closer

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CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman writes that the Blue Jays have free agent Francisco Rodriguez on their radar, but they are “trying to trade for a closer first.”

Who could the Blue Jays be targeting? There are a couple of notable possibilities out there. Bob Elliott of the Toronto Sun reported during the Winter Meetings that they were interested in Royals closer Greg Holland. Holland’s teammate, Wade Davis, is also believed to be on the block. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal reported earlier this month that the Nationals were shopping set-up man Tyler Clippard. He’d be a pretty nice fit too.

Rodriguez isn’t a bad alternative if they can’t find a match on the trade front. He had a 3.04 ERA with 44 saves and a 73/18 K/BB ratio over 66 innings with the Brewers in 2014. He’ll turn 33 next week.

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.