Alex Gordon tells Royals they have “no chance” to re-sign him at current offer

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Kansas City seemingly never had much hope of re-signing Alex Gordon and now Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com reports that the free agent outfielder has informed the Royals they have “no chance” of bringing him back based on their current offer.

Jim Bowden of ESPN.com says the Royals’ offer was four years and around $50 million, which would barely be better than not making any offer given than he’s likely to sign for at least twice that much.

Gordon is a Gold Glove-caliber corner outfielder with a good but not great bat and on a four- or five-year deal it wouldn’t be surprising to see him surpass $20 million per season. During the past five years he’s hit .281 with an .809 OPS while consistently rating among the best all-around outfielders in baseball.

Kansas City will receive a first-round draft pick as compensation for Gordon signing elsewhere after a decade in the organization and the Royals figure to pursue mid-level veteran free agents to replace him. That is, unless Gordon’s stance leaking to the media motivates the team to significantly increase their offer.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.