White Sox pay $100,000 to send 37-year-old Brad Penny to Triple-A

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Brad Penny was hoping to extend his big-league career with the White Sox, but instead they’ve sent the 37-year-old former All-Star to the minors.

Penny didn’t pitch in the majors at all in 2013 and then was horrible in 26 innings for the Marlins last season, allowing 20 runs with a 13/13 K/BB ratio. His last season with an ERA under 5.00? Way back in 2010 for the Cardinals, and even that was only 56 innings.

Yet the White Sox still think he’s worth stashing at Triple-A for the price of a $100,000 veteran’s retention bonus in addition to his salary, so Penny will be in Charlotte’s starting rotation waiting for another chance that should probably just go to a young pitcher. He has a 5.54 ERA since 2011.

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.