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Eugenio Suarez willing to switch positions for Reds in 2016

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Eugenio Suarez has done an admirable job filling in at shortstop for the injured Zack Cozart over the last three months. Cozart tore several ligaments and tendons in his knee in a June game against the Phillies in an attempt to beat out a play at first base. Since making his season debut, Suarez has hit .284/.321/.458 with 11 home runs and 44 RBI.

Cozart will resume his role as the Reds’ starting shortstop with full health in 2016. Manager Bryan Price feels that Suarez is a starting-caliber player, but the team would need to use Suarez at another position, perhaps left field. Suarez is willing to move to another position to fit the team’s needs, as MLB.com’s Mark Sheldon reports.

Suarez said, “If they need me at another position, I would try to play there. For me, the important thing is to play in the big leagues.” He added, “I’m ready for anything. I want to play in the big leagues, any position.”

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.