Report: Nationals plan to keep Jordan Zimmermann

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Joel Sherman of the New York Post is hearing that, contrary to speculation following the signing of Max Scherzer to a seven-year deal, the Nationals plan to keep Jordan Zimmermann in their “super rotation” in an attempt to go all-in for the 2015 season.

Zimmermann, 28, will earn $16.5 million in the last year of a two-year deal signed last year to avoid arbitration. He can become a free agent after the season. The right-hander has been one of the game’s best starting pitchers since becoming a regular part of the Nationals’ rotation in 2011, owning a combined 3.00 ERA in 770 innings, the 10th-best mark among qualified major league starters.

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.