The Red Sox have signed infielder Eduardo Nunez to a one-year contract, Robert Murray of FanRag Sports reports. The deal includes an option for the 2019 season.
Nunez, 30, spent last season with the Giants and Red Sox. Combined, he hit .313/.341/.460 with 12 home runs, 58 RBI, 60 runs scored, and 24 stolen bases in 491 plate appearances.
Second baseman Dustin Pedroia may not be ready to start on Opening Day, so Nunez may get the nod there. He would slide into a utility role afterwards.
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.