Victor Martinez tore a meniscus in his knee last week, needs surgery

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Bad news for the Tigers:

The Tigers just signed Martinez to a four-year, $68 million deal. Now he’s going under the knife.

In the past, players who have had surgery to repair similar injuries have missed 4-6 weeks. That would blow a big hole in Martinez’s spring training, but would still mean that he’d be available for the great majority of the season.

UPDATE: Or, maybe not. Depends what the doctors find when they operate:

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.