Trevor Cahill designated for assignment by the Braves

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Last month, when the Braves demoted right-hander Trevor Cahill to the bullpen, manager Fredi Gonzalez said it was “not a permanent move.”

It turns out he was right, because the Braves have designated Cahill for assignment and dropped him from the roster after he allowed 23 runs in 26 innings.

Cahill made the All-Star team for the A’s as a 22-year-old in 2010 and later signed a $30 million contract, but he’s gone 3-15 with a 5.98 ERA since the beginning of last season and has now been dumped by both the Diamondbacks and the Braves within the past three months.

Cahill is still just 27 years old and is making $12 million this season, but he may have to settle for a minor-league deal at this point.

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.