Angels, Huston Street expected to exchange offers soon

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MLB.com’s Alden Gonzalez has an update on the ongoing extension negotiations between Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto and veteran closer Huston Street …

Dipoto and Street had exploratory talks about an extension over the offseason, and they are expected to begin exchanging formal offers soon. Street won’t let negotiations drag into the regular season unless they’re hashing out details, and he has drawn a very clear line in the sand …

That “very clear line in the sand” is a contract extension that fits somewhere between the four-year, $36 million free agent contract that Andrew Miller signed in December with the Yankees and the four-year, $46 million contract David Robertson got from the White Sox.

Street, who represents himself, is not under contract beyond the 2015 season.

He posted a terrific 1.37 ERA and tallied 41 saves in 59 1/3 innings last year.

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.