Dodgers to sign right-hander Dustin McGowan

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MLB.com beat writer Ken Gurnick reports that free agent right-hander Dustin McGowan was at the Dodgers’ spring training complex Sunday and is expected to sign with the team. It will presumably be a non-guaranteed minor league contract.

McGowan posted an underwhelming 4.17 ERA and 1.38 WHIP in 82 innings (eight starts and 45 relief appearances) last season for the Blue Jays. He was once considered a top prospect, but the soon-to-be 33-year-old has a long history of health issues and will likely be nothing more than organizational depth for Los Angeles.

Toronto declined his $4 million option on November 1, paying him a $500,000 buyout instead.

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.