Rougned Odor gets an eight-game suspension, Jose Bautista gets one game

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Update (6:35 PM EDT, Bill Baer): Here’s the full rundown for those that want it quick:

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Major League Baseball has not yet officially released its ruling, but Jon Heyman of MLB Network reports that Rougned Odor has received an eight-game suspension for his fight with Jose Bautista on Sunday. Jeff Passan of Yahoo reports that he has also received a $5,000 fine. He is appealing the discipline.

Jose Bautista received a one-game suspension for his role in the fracas. With his role, primarily, being clocked on the jaw by Odor, but I guess it takes two to tango.

In addition to Odor and Bautista, Ken Rosenthal reports that Blue Jays manager John Gibbons has been suspended for three games for returning to the field during the brawl that followed Odor’s punch. Gibbons had been ejected earlier in the game. Also, Elvis Andrus was suspended one game for throwing a punch and Kevin Pillar.

Odor’s eight games will probably seem light to some given his pretty impressive punch to Bautista’s jaw and given how quickly footage of it went viral, but eight games for on-field incidents like this is a pretty standard sort of penalty. Personally I speculated that MLB would hit Odor harder than that given how rare actual fights are these days and given the social media reach these figurative black eyes entail these days, but at the end of the day a disciplinary act has to be relate to precedent lest it be overturned in a lengthy and unpleasant arbitration proceeding.

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.