Ervin Santana ready to join Twins after 80-game suspension

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Ervin Santana, who signed a four-year, $55 million deal with the Twins this offseason and then got suspended 80 games for PEDs before throwing a pitch, is now ready to join the rotation.

Santana has been “rehabbing” in the minors to prepare for being activated from the suspended list and he made his final Triple-A start Tuesday, throwing eight shutout innings.

Santana went 3-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 11/4 K/BB ratio in three Triple-A starts and is scheduled to make his Twins debut July 5 against the Royals. His joining the rotation means the Twins will have to go to a six-man setup for a while or bump someone, with Tommy Milone and Trevor May the most likely candidates.

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.