Dodgers calling up No. 1 prospect Corey Seager for MLB debut

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Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the Dodgers are calling up Triple-A infielder Corey Seager, considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in baseball.

Seager ranked as a consensus top-10 prospect coming into the year and has split the season between Double-A and Triple-A, hitting .292 with 18 homers and an .829 OPS in 124 games at age 21.

Strictly a shortstop prior to this season, he started 19 games at third base in the minors as the Dodgers tried to increase his versatility for a potential MLB role. It’s unclear how much Seager will actually play down the stretch with Justin Turner playing nearly every day at third base and Jimmy Rollins starting 35 of the past 36 games at shortstop.

Seager will be eligible for the playoff roster.

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.