Royals send Brandon Finnegan to the minors

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Brandon Finnegan reached the majors last season just three months after the Royals drafted him 17th overall out of TCU and made a big impact in the playoffs as a reliever, but now he’s headed back to the minors.

Kansas City was trying to decide whether to use Finnegan as a reliever this season or let him continue to develop as a starter in the minors, but the 22-year-old left-hander’s rough spring training made it an easy call because there was a lot less temptation to keep him in the majors.

Barry Bloom of MLB.com reports that Finnegan will have “a limit on innings and a very strict pitch count” at Double-A. He went 9-3 with a 2.04 ERA and 134/29 K/BB ratio in 106 innings as a starter for TCU 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.