Blue Jays not optimistic about Devon Travis returning this season

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Blue Jays second baseman Devon Travis has been on the disabled list since late July with a shoulder injury and his recovery has progressed slowly enough that the team is no longer optimistic about him returning to play again this season.

Travis was having a fantastic rookie year at the time of the injury, hitting .304 with eight homers, 18 doubles, and an .859 OPS in 62 games at age 24. Initially he was expected to return in 2-3 weeks, but when asked today about his chances of being in the lineup again this season manager John Gibbons told reporters: “I don’t know how realistic it is but there’s still life there.”

Ryan Goins has stepped in as the Blue Jays’ primary second baseman in Travis’ absence, providing good defense but hitting just .243 with five homers and a .667 OPS in 106 games overall.

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.