Giants reliever Sergio Romo threw a bullpen Saturday and has been cleared to pitch in the Cactus League, Andrew Baggarly of the Mercury News reports. Romo was dealing with shoulder soreness early in camp.
Romo, who just turned 32 years old on Wednesday, posted a 3.72 ERA with a 59/12 K/BB ratio and 23 saves in 58 innings for the Giants last season. He’s expected to serve as the set-up man behind closer Santiago Casilla once again this season.
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.