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Yoan Moncada may be in Boston soon

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Red Sox manager John Farrell said today that “nothing but positives could come” from a September promotion for top infield prospect Yoan Moncada.

This doesn’t mean he’s a sure thing — Dave Dombrowski has seemed bearish on a September callup in the past — but it sure would be exciting to see one of baseball’s best prospects in the heat of a pennant race. Moncada is batting .298/.411/.518 with 15 home runs and 45 steals in 105 games this season between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. He’d certainly have some adjustments to make if he skipped Triple-A to hit the bigs, but like Travis Shaw, Aaron Hill, and Brock Holt are tearing up the pea patch.

Atlanta’s Dansby Swanson made such a leap recently. Obviously the pressure on him is much less than that which Moncada would face. But Moncada is going to be a special player eventually and, heck, when would a Boston player NOT be under a microscope?

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.