Dodgers “talking to” Red Sox about trade for veteran outfielder Alejandro De Aza

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Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that the Dodgers are “talking to” the Red Sox about a trade for outfielder Alejandro De Aza, whom Boston acquired from Baltimore two months ago.

De Aza can play all three outfield spots, potentially freeing rookie utility man Enrique Hernandez to step in for the injured Howie Kendrick at second base.

De Aza struggled in Baltimore, but has hit .313 in 53 games for Boston and his overall .273 batting average and .782 OPS in 83 games this season are pretty close to his combined .271 AVG and .747 OPS from 2011-2014. He’s a solid player, especially when spotted mostly versus right-handed pitching.

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.