Wandy Rodriguez is starting for the Rangers tonight

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Wandy Rodriguez was a Phillie. Then, after a failed physical, he wasn’t. Then he was a Brave, and had sewn up a spot in their starting rotation towards the end of spring training. Then he didn’t, and was released when the Braves traded for Trevor Cahill.

The Rangers signed him to a minor league deal earlier this month. He’ll start tonight against the Angels, and we can say that with more certainty than any of the other recent Rodriguez news. The Rangers designated Rule 5 pick Logan Verrett for assignment to make room for Rodriguez on the 25-man roster.

Rodriguez, 36, allowed two runs on four hits and no walks while striking out 10 in seven innings across two starts with Triple-A Round Rock. He’ll be opposed by Angels starter Garrett Richards.

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.