Suspensions announced for Thursday’s brawl between the White Sox and Royals

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Six players have been suspended as a result of Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl between the White Sox and Royals. Here are the details from MLB:

From the Royals:

Yordano Ventura: Seven-game suspension
Edinson Volquez: Five-game suspension
Lorenzo Cain: Two-game suspension
Kelvin Herrera: Two-game suspension

From the White Sox:

Chris Sale: Five-game suspension
Jeff Samardzija: Five-game suspension

All of the players listed above also received an undisclosed fine, but a five-game suspension for a starting pitcher isn’t much of a punishment. While Tyler Flowers was not suspended, he was fine an undisclosed amount. Interestingly, no punishment for Adam Eaton. Assuming the suspensions aren’t appealed, they would begin Sunday.

UPDATE: White Sox general manager Rick Hahn told Dan Hayes of CSNChicago.com that Sale and Samardzija will appeal their suspensions.

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.