The Cubs are looking into trading for a starting pitcher

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Coming off a 97-win season, the Cubs aren’t messing around. After adding John Lackey and Ben Zobrist over the past week, the club has reportedly agreed to an eight-year, $184 million contract with free agent outfielder Jason Heyward. But they aren’t stopping there.

According to FOX Sports’ Jon Morosi, the Cubs are discussing trades for starting pitching. Specifically, they have talked to the Padres about Tyson Ross and the Indians about Carlos Carrasco and Danny Salazar. These aren’t new names, but the Heyward signing could make the possibility more likely.

The Cubs currently project to have Heyward in center field, with Jorge Soler in right field and Kyle Schwarber in left. However, any trade for a starter would almost certainly involve someone like Soler or Javier Baez. Assuming the Cubs were to deal Soler, they could put Heyward in right field and either re-sign Dexter Fowler or pursue another free agent like Denard Span.

It’s worth noting that the Cubs were also reportedly talking to the Rays about a trade earlier this week, possibly targeting Alex Cobb, though it’s unclear if that’s still a possibility. Those discussions came before the Zobrist signing.

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.