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Jose Reyes’ suspension could come as early as today

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Earlier this week we heard that Jose Reyes‘ suspension is likely to be sizable. As in 60 to 80 games, according to Jon Heyman’s sources. Ken Rosenthal is now reporting that the suspension could be handed down today.

Reyes has already missed 34 games, though that is on paid leave. Whatever suspension he ends up getting will include those 34 games, but he will have to repay the salary he earned during that time to transform them into unpaid leave. Which makes some degree of sense. Baseball’s biggest problem in the early going of its domestic violence policy has been the optics of having players under investigation appearing on the field, thus the idea of paid/unpaid leave and clawbacks makes some amount of sense. The Braves are currently dealing with the same issue with respect to Hector Olivera.

All in all, Reyes could be looking at a forfeiture of nearly half of the $22 million he’s owed this season and an addition 45 games or so away from his club.

Royals outfielder Gordon to retire after 14 seasons

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Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, the former first-round pick whose rollercoaster career took him from near bust to All-Star and Gold Glove winner, announced Thursday he will retire after the season.

Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 first-year player draft following a standout career at Nebraska, where he won the Golden Spikes Award as the best amateur in baseball. He made his big league debut two years later and, after a few years shuttling back and forth to the minors, moved from third base to the outfield and finally found success.

He wound up playing his entire 14-year career in Kansas City, joining only George Brett and Frank White as position players with that much longevity with the franchise. He heads into a weekend four-game series against Detroit with the third-most walks (682), fourth-most homers (190), fifth-most doubles (357) and sixth-most games played (1,749) in club history.

The three-time All-Star also holds the dubious distinction of being the Royals’ career leader in getting hit by pitches.

While he never quite hit with the kind of average the Royals hoped he would, Gordon did through sheer grit turn himself into one of the best defensive players in the game. He is the only outfielder to earn seven Gold Gloves in a nine-year span, a number that trails only White’s eight for the most in franchise history, and there are enough replays of him crashing into the outfield wall at Kauffman Stadium or throwing out a runner at the plate to run for hours.

Gordon won the first of three defensive player of the year awards in 2014, when he helped Kansas City return to the World Series for the first time since its 1985 championship. The Royals wound up losing to the Giants in a seven-game thriller, but they returned to the Fall Classic the following year and beat the Mets in five games to win the World Series.

It was during the 2015 that Gordon hit one of the iconic homers in Royals history. His tying shot off Mets closer Jeurys Familia in Game 1 forced extra innings, and the Royals won in 14 to set the tone for the rest of the World Series.

Gordon signed a one-year contract to return this season, and he never considered opting out when the coronavirus pandemic caused spring training to be halted and forced Major League Baseball to play a dramatically reduced 60-game schedule.

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