Mark Buehrle is not signing, but also not officially retiring

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Free agent Mark Buehrle told Jerry Crasnick of ESPN.com that he’s “not planning to sign, but not officially retiring.”

In other words, he’ll see how he feels once the season starts and see which teams come calling for a 37-year-old left-hander who was still pretty damn effective last season while logging 199 innings with a 3.81 ERA for the Blue Jays.

There’s no doubt that Buehrle could have landed a one-year deal with a contending team if he definitely wanted to continue pitching, but from the moment he was left off Toronto’s playoff roster the assumption was that he’d call it a career after 16 seasons.

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.