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The Tigers are waiting for Yoenis Cespedes to lower his asking price


Update (6:30 PM EST): Changed some phrasing used in the title and in the body of this post.


Outfielder Yoenis Cespedes is one of a handful of elite free agents remaining as the new year approaches, and the Tigers appear to be waiting for him to lower his asking price, according to Bob Nightegale of USA TODAY.

The Tigers have had a busy offseason, adding Jordan Zimmermann, Francisco Rodriguez, Mark Lowe, Mike Pelfrey, and Cameron Maybin. Anthony Gose would man left field if the season were to start today, so Cespedes would be a nice upgrade to complement J.D. Martinez in right and Maybin in center.

Cespedes, 30, hit .293/.323/.506 with 18 home runs and 61 RBI in 427 plate appearances with the Tigers before they traded him to the Mets at the trade deadline earlier this year.

Other free agent outfielders left include Justin Upton, Alex Gordon, and Dexter Fowler.

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.