Andy Van Slyke is spreading Yasiel Puig-related gossip

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This is pretty gossipy even by gossipy blog standards, but it’s so tasty that it’s worth chuckling at a bit.

Former big leaguer Andy Van Slyke was on a St. Louis radio station today and told the host that someone — he’s not saying who! — on the Dodgers went to management and said that the club had to get rid of Yasiel Puig.

Or, maybe he did say who:

And yes, Kershaw is the highest paid player on the Dodgers. UPDATE: Here’s a link to the audio of that. Van Slyke’s comments start at the two minute mark.

If that’s true — and who knows if it is, as a lot of ex-players say a lot of crazy things from time to time — how would Andy Van Slyke even know that, though? Seems pretty insider-y to me. And Van Slyke doesn’t even work for the Dodgers. Hmmm.

I got it! Maybe he knows someone who hangs out with Kershaw a bunch. Someone like, I dunno, his very own son?

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Boy, you have to wonder if Thanksgiving is gonna be awkward at the Van Slyke residence next week.

If this isn’t true and if Van Slyke is just trying to sound wise he probably owes an apology to Kershaw. If it is true, and Kershaw is telling the front office that Puig needs to go, it’s gonna make life a lot of fun for the Dodgers’ next manager. Because Puig, whatever else you can say about him for bad and for good, is not in a great place to be traded right now, coming off of an injury–plagued season.

Good luck Gabe Kapler or Dave Roberts or whoever takes over.

 

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.