Giants designate Jean Machi for assignment

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Tim Hudson was activated from the disabled list to start tonight against the Padres, so the Giants designated reliever Jean Machi for assignment in order to clear a spot on the active roster.

Machi was an important contributor in the Giants’ bullpen from 2013-2014 while posting a 2.49 ERA over 122 appearances, but he hasn’t looked anything like that pitcher so far this season. Missing fewer bats and showing diminished control, the 33-year-old has an ugly 5.14 ERA and 22/14 K/BB ratio over 35 innings. Perhaps someone will take a chance on him in the hopes of a turnaround, but there’s been a clear decline in skills.

Hudson has been sidelined since June 26 with a strained right shoulder. The 40-year-old has a 4.68 ERA and 49/22 K/BB ratio in 92 1/3 innings over 15 starts this season. With Hudson’s return, Ryan Vogelsong is being moved to the bullpen.

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.