Nationals shut down Danny Espinosa for the season

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Nationals infielder Danny Espinosa has been shut down for the remainder of the season with a hamstring injury, the team announced.

According to manager Matt Williams it’s a “slight tear” and would normally require about four weeks of rest and rehab, so rather than risk a more serious injury they simply ended Espinosa’s season.

He finishes the year hitting .240 with 13 homers and a .719 OPS in 118 games, which is a big bounceback following back-to-back rough seasons and could be enough to make the 28-year-old appealing to other teams via trade if the Nationals decide not to keep him around as a regular.

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.