Rangers sign Jamey Wright

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Jamey Wright, who pitched with the Dodgers last season, has signed a minor league contract with the Rangers. He’ll also get an invitation to spring training, where he’ll attempt to win a bullpen spot.

After posting a 3.09 ERA with a career best 8.4 K/9 as a member of the Rays in 2013, Wright had a 4.35 ERA with a 54/27 K/BB ratio over 70 1/3 innings with Los Angeles last season. He turned 40 in December.

According to Anthony Andro of FOX Sports Southwest, Wright would have a $1 million base salary if he makes the Rangers.

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.