Michael Cuddyer to begin minor league rehab assignment Friday

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The Mets offense hasn’t need much help in recent days, but Michael Cuddyer is making progress from his left knee injury, as the team announced this afternoon that he will begin a minor league rehab assignment Friday with High-A St. Lucie.

Cuddyer has been sidelined since July 21 due to a bone bruise behind his knee. He was originally hoping to return to the Mets on Saturday, but Adam Rubin of ESPN New York now hears that he’s unlikely to be activated until Monday’s game against the Rockies.

The Mets surrendered a first-round pick to sign Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract over the winter, but he’s batting just .250/.303/.380 with eight home runs and 30 RBI over 82 games this season. There was much hemming and hawing prior to him finally being placed on the disabled list, but it was clear he wasn’t doing the team much good by staying on the active roster. Either Michael Conforto or Eric Campbell will be sent out when Cuddyer is deemed ready, though the 36-year-old will likely have to take on a part-time role after the recent addition of Yoenis Cespedes.

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.