Blue Jays, Athletics talking to Dayan Viciedo

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Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports is reporting that the Blue Jays and Athletics are among the various teams talking to free agent outfielder Dayan Viciedo.

Viciedo was designated for assignment by the White Sox in late January and ultimately released in early February. Since then, the Reds and Indians showed interest but each moved on. The Blue Jays recently lost outfielder Michael Saunders for five or six weeks after he tore his meniscus, so they are understandably looking to add some depth.

Viciedo, 25, will certainly provide some power from the right side as he has bashed 60 home runs and knocked in 192 runs over the last three seasons. However, that’s about the extent of his production as he doesn’t hit for average, has no speed, and is subpar defensively.

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.