White Sox send top prospect Carlos Rodon to Triple-A

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Chicago team sends stud prospect to Triple-A despite excellent spring training performance!

No, not Kris Bryant. This time it’s left-hander Carlos Rodon, the No. 3 overall pick in last year’s draft who rose to Triple-A shortly after signing and then looked great in White Sox camp.

Rodon racked up 19 strikeouts with just three walks in 13 spring training innings and the White Sox need a short-term fill-in for the injured Chris Sale, but instead he’ll begin the season in Charlotte.

Rodon ranked as a consensus top-20 prospect and has top-of-the-rotation upside, so expect to see him in Chicago by the All-Star break.

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.