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Matt Harvey claimed on revocable waivers

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Robert Murray of The Athletic reports that Reds starter Matt Harvey has been claimed on waivers by an unknown team.

The Reds no doubt hoped that he’d make it through unclaimed so they could negotiate with multiple teams for Harvey, but now there’s a 48-hour window in which they must either make a deal with the claiming team, let him go to the claiming team for nothing or pull him back off of waivers. Not that there’s any benefit there either, as Harvey is a free agent at the end of the season and the Reds cannot — nor would they, honestly — give him a qualifying offer.

Harvey has not been an ace or anything, but he has rebounded considerably since being traded by the Mets to the Reds back in May. At the moment he’s posting a decent 4.28 ERA and a K/BB ratio of 69/21 in 90.1 innings since the Reds acquired him.

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.