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Tigers sign Brayan Pena to minor league deal

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SB Nation’s Chris Cotillo reports that the Tigers have signed catcher Brayan Pena to a minor league contract.

Pena, 36, spent his 2017 season at Triple-A Omaha, the affiliate of the Royals. There, he hit .274/.308/.298 in 134 plate appearances across 38 games. He has familiarity with the Tigers, having played for the club back in 2013.

Pena will most likely open the season at Triple-A Toledo, providing catching depth in the event of an injury to James McCann and/or Derek Norris.

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.