Rays name Alex Cobb as Opening Day starter

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Now that David Price is out of the picture the Rays need a new Opening Day starter and they’ve decided on 27-year-old right-hander Alex Cobb.

During the past two seasons Cobb has started 49 games with a 2.82 ERA, which is the third-best mark in the league over that span behind only Felix Hernandez and Chris Sale.

He was particularly great in the second half last season, starting 14 games with a 1.79 ERA and 81/23 K/BB ratio in 90 innings.

Price or James Shields have made every Opening Day start for the Rays since 2007, when Scott Kazmir got the assignment.

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.