Victor Martinez thinks he’ll be ready for Opening Day

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Victor Martinez was expected to miss the beginning of the regular season due to surgery to repair the meniscus of his left knee. But he’s in Lakeland today and he tells the press that he thinks he’ll be good to go for Opening Day:

Martinez, entering the first year of a four-year, $68 million deal, hit .335/.407/.567 last year with 32 homers and 103 RBI. Having him healthy and productive in 2015 is essential for the Tigers’ playoff hopes.

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.