Out since mid-April with a fractured left hand, Alex Rios is expected to come off the disabled list and return to the Royals’ outfield Saturday.
Rios signed a one-year, $11 million deal with Kansas City this offseason and was off to a nice start before the injury. He’ll jump back into the starting lineup in right field after the Royals turned primarily to 29-year-old rookie Paulo Orlando in his absence.
Overall this season Royals right fielders have hit just .246 with two homers and a .623 OPS in 46 games.
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.