Yordano Ventura was recently named as the Royals’ Opening Day starter and he had a heck of a tuneup in his latest Cactus League outing last night, throwing seven no-hit innings against the Mariners. Check out the video below:
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One of the hardest throwers in the game, the 23-year-old Ventura had a 3.20 ERA and 159/69 K/BB ratio over 183 innings during his first full season in the big leagues last year. With James Shields now in San Diego, the Royals hoping that Ventura can emerge as their ace for the foreseeable future.
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.