Yu Darvish undergoes Tommy John elbow surgery

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As announced by John Blake, the Rangers’ executive vice president of communications …

Darvish will miss the entire 2015 season and probably the first month of the 2016 season. He spent the final six weeks of the 2014 campaign on the disabled list with inflammation in his right elbow and then left his Cactus League debut this spring after suffering a sprained elbow ligament. The 28-year-old right-hander is due $10 million from the Rangers this season, another $10 million in 2016, and then $11 million in 2017.

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.