Reds agree to minor league deal with Jason Marquis

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Via the Reds’ assistant director of media relations, Jamie Ramsey …

Marquis struggled in 2014 with the Phillies’ Triple-A team and posted a rough 4.05 ERA (84 ERA+) and 1.52 WHIP across 117 2/3 innings with the Padres in 2013. The 36-year-old right-hander is doubtful to make any sort of positive impact in 2015 with Cincinnati. Marquis was part of a five-player trade in December 2003 that sent J.D. Drew to the Braves and Adam Wainwright to the Cardinals — one of Walt Jocketty’s best moves during his tenure in St. Louis. Jocketty has been the Reds’ general manager since the spring of 2008.

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.