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Red Sox place Rusney Castillo on waivers

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The Red Sox placed outfielder Rusney Castillo on waivers on Saturday, Jon Heyman of Today’s Knuckleball reports. Castillo is owed $32.5 million over the next three seasons plus $13.5 million in 2020 if he doesn’t opt out, according to Cot’s Contracts. Any team that claims Castillo would be responsible for the balance. That makes it quite likely he passes through waivers unclaimed.

Castillo, 28, was recently promoted to the majors from Triple-A Pawtucket, but he continued to struggle, striking out three times in four plate appearances. That brings his career major league triple-slash line to .262/.301/.379 in 337 PA. Castillo’s performance at Triple-A this season wasn’t any better, as he was batting .245/.304/.320.

The Sox signed Castillo to a seven-year, $72.5 million contract in August 2014 after he defected from Cuba. It has unfortunately not worked out.

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.