Twins calling up Trevor May to replace injured Ricky Nolasco

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Minnesota did everything it could to avoid giving a rotation spot to prospect Trevor May, but now that Ervin Santana is suspended for half the season and Ricky Nolasco is hurt the Twins have little choice but to turn to the 25-year-old right-hander.

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that the Twins are expected to call up May from Triple-A and will likely place Nolasco on the disabled list with an elbow injury.

May’s big-league debut last season was mostly a mess, but after a brutal first few outings he posted a nice 41/9 K/BB ratio in his final 37 innings. He’s not a top prospect–I ranked him 11th within the Twins’ well-stocked farm system–but May pitched well at Triple-A last season and doesn’t have much left to prove in the minors at this point.

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.