Will Smith suspended for eight games for the foreign substance on his arm

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The discipline is in for Will Smith following his ejection last night for having a foreign substance on his arm. For cheating or for being too bleedin’ obvious about it, you pick.

The penalty: an eight-game suspension, according to Major League Baseball’s press release. You may recall that Michael Pineda received a 10-game suspension for pine tar last year. One can only assume that he was 25% more obvious about it than Smith was.

Smith’s suspension had been scheduled to begin tonight but he has elected to file an appeal. As such, the discipline issued to him will be held in abeyance until the process is complete.

Baseball’s silliness about these kinds of infractions, however, will continue on unabated, it seems.

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.