Angels release veteran reliever Matt Lindstrom

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According to Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times, the Angels have released veteran reliever Matt Lindstrom.

Lindstrom, who was in camp this spring on a minor league contract, posted an ugly 11.12 ERA and 5/4 K/BB ratio over 5 2/3 innings during Cactus League action. The Angels were required to make a decision by Tuesday about whether he would be added to the 40-man roster.

Lindstrom, 35, missed time with an ankle injury last year while struggling to the tune of a 5.03 ERA with 18 strikeouts and 12 walks over 34 innings. While he’s now free to look for an opportunity elsewhere, he’s no lock to find a spot in a major league bullpen.

Royals, Alex Gordon close to contract agreement

Alex Gordon
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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.