Cubs, Blue Jays, and Dodgers among teams interested in Yovani Gallardo

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Rangers right-hander Yovani Gallardo was knocked around for five runs over six innings tonight against the Yankees, but he could still be moved before Friday’s non-waiver trade deadline.

CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reports that Gallardo is drawing interest from five teams, with the Cubs, Blue Jays, and Dodgers being the “most aggressive.” The Yankees and Giants are also said to be in the mix for the impending free agent.

The 29-year-old Gallardo has had a nice year overall, posting a 3.39 ERA and 84/48 K/BB ratio over 127 1/3 innings. However, he’s not going into the trade deadline on a high note, as he has now allowed five earned runs in three straight starts. The Yankees likely weren’t impressed by tonight’s outing, but they could sure use some rotation depth after losing Michael Pineda to the disabled list today.

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.