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Shelby Miller wins arbitration case against Diamondbacks

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Diamondbacks starter Shelby Miller joins Red Sox outfielder Mookie Betts as players to win his arbitration case against his team, making the players 2-for-2 thus far. Historically, arbitration cases have tended to favor teams. So, although it’s a terribly small sample, it’s still noteworthy.

As Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported, Miller will receive the $4.9 million he filed for against the Diamondbacks’ $4.7 million counter. Miller will be eligible for arbitration one more time next offseason and will become a free agent after the 2019 campaign.

Miller, 27, made only four starts last season before undergoing Tommy John surgery in May. Realistically, the right-hander won’t make his season debut until the second half of the season. It’s been a rough two years in Arizona for Miller, as he struggled to a 6.15 ERA across 20 starts in 2016, resulting in a brief demotion to the minors.

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.