Yankees outfielder Ben Gamel made the play of the day on Thursday afternoon in Grapefruit League action against the Blue Jays. Russell Martin was batting with the bases empty and two outs with a 3-1 count against pitcher Dellin Betances when he sent a fly ball to deep right-center. Gamel sprinted after the ball and made a last ditch effort dive just in front of the warning track and snagged the ball before it touched down.
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Gamel, 23, is on the Yankees’ 40-man roster after hitting .300/.358/.472 with 10 home runs and 64 RBI in 551 plate appearances with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre last season.
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.