This sort of sounds like the kind of hyperbole you tend to hear at the trade deadline, but it also makes a ton of sense:
That is, if the Tigers wake up and realize that, yeah, the need to sell. Which you have to think they have given that they’re about to complete their third straight losing month in a row and now find themselves in fourth place.
How pitched a “war” can be for a rental is an open question — Price is a free agent after this year — but Johnny Cueto brought the Reds three solid pitching prospects, so you have to think that’s where it starts.
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.