Yovani Gallardo trade to the Rangers finalized

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SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that pitcher Yovani Gallardo has been informed he has been traded to the Rangers. News of the trade was initially reported Monday morningPer Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports, the Brewers will receive infield prospect Luis Sardinas, pitcher Corey Knebel, and pitcher Marcos Diplan. MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez adds that the Brewers are sending cash to the Rangers as well.

Sardinas, 21, made his major league debut last season, batting .261/.303/.313 over 125 plate appearances while racking up playing time at second base, third base, and shortstop. He was one of baseball’s top 100 prospects going into the last two seasons according to both MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus.

Knebel, 23, also made his major league debut last season, posting a 6.23 ERA over 8 2/3 innings for the Tigers. The right-hander joined the Rangers along with minor leaguer Jake Thompson in July in the Joakim Soria trade.

Diplan, 18, made his professional debut in the Dominican Summer League last year, posting a 1.54 ERA with a 57/36 K/BB ratio over 64 1/3 innings.

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.