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Bryce Harper, Jesus Aguilar and Max Muncy highlight the Home Run Derby bracket

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I don’t much care about the Home Run Derby, but I talk about it whenever possible if for no other reason than to remind people that I perfectly predicted last year’s Derby, matchup-by-matchup, including a first round upset. I’m usually wrong about everything, but that’s one I’m never gonna let people forget about.

I doubt I’ll have such luck, er, I mean insight this year, but it’s worth a shot. I’ll give it a couple of days before I pick who I think will win, but for now know that this is how the 2018 Home Run Derby is gonna go down:

I haven’t seen the odds yet, but I suspect Harper and Aguilar will be favorites to meet in the final. I also figure that the folks behind it all will be pushing a Max Muncy narrative hard. There’s a lot of storyline to this stuff.

Anyway, we’ll give our predictions before it tees off on Monday night.

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.