Twins sign Brian Dozier to four-year, $20 million deal

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Second baseman Brian Dozier and the Twins have agreed to a four-year, $20 million contract that begins this season by raising his salary from the league minimum to $2 million.

Dozier was already under team control through 2018, so the Twins are essentially just giving him a salary bump for 2015 and then pre-paying for his three arbitration-eligible seasons at a cost of $3 million in 2016, $6 million in 2017, and $9 million in 2018.

There are no option years included in the contract, so Dozier will still be eligible for free agency following the 2018 season. Minnesota basically just gained cost certainty while committing $20 million in guaranteed money they otherwise could have gone year-to-year with on a player who had a nice breakout in 2014–.242 with 23 homers, 21 steals, and a .762 OPS–but was previously not assumed to be a major part of their long-term plans.

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.