Yordano Ventura drops appeal of seven-game suspension

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The Royals announced this afternoon that right-hander Yordano Ventura dropped the appeal of his seven-game suspension from MLB. He’ll begin serving it tonight.

Ventura was suspended for his part in instigating last Thursday’s benches-clearing brawl against the White Sox. He got the stiffest penalty of any of the players involved. Edinson Volquez (five games), Lorenzo Cain (two games), and Kelvin Herrera (two games) were also suspended for Kansas City while Chris Sale (five games) and Jeff Samardizja (five games) were suspended for Chicago.

Ventura initially appealed the suspension, so he was able to start against the Indians last night. It didn’t go so well, as he took the loss after allowing five runs on six hits and four walks over 5 1/3 innings. He’ll now miss one turn in the rotation and will be eligible to return for the start of a three-game series against the Tigers next Friday.

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.