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Matt Harvey looks weird in a Reds uniform

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Actually, it’s not really a uniform. It’s one of those workout smocks managers wear so they don’t have to tuck in their shirt and stuff. Who cares? They look comfy.

It is weird to see Matt Harvey in anything other than a mets uni– er, workout smock. We’ll have to wait until this evening to see him in his actual Cincinnati Reds uniform, as he makes his first start for his new team against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Harvey’s story is well-known by now, of course. The onetime phenom posted a 2.53 ERA in 427 innings from 2012 to 2015, but Tommy John surgery, thoracic outlet syndrome and, depending on who you talk to, a bad attitude and bad conditioning, has contributed to him posting a 5.93 ERA in 212.1 innings over the last three years.

He’ll be on a pitch count tonight, as the Reds look to work him back into starting slowly following his disastrous detour into the Mets 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.