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Report: Blue Jays sign Jaime Garcia to one-year, $8 million deal

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MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reports that the Blue Jays have signed pitcher Jaime Garcia to a one-year, $8 million contract. The deal includes a club option for the 2019 season worth $10 million with a $2 million buyout, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. Garcia can also earn another $2 million through performance incentives.

Garcia, 31, spent last season with the Braves (18 starts), Twins (one start), and Yankees (eight starts). In total, he posted a 4.41 ERA with a 129/64 K/BB ratio across 157 innings.

This is a pretty low-risk signing for the Blue Jays. Garcia has been mostly durable for the last couple of seasons with acceptable production at the back of a rotation. With Garcia in tow, Joe Biagini is likely pushed back into the bullpen.

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.