Jeff Passan reports that the Blue Jays have signed Matt Shoemaker to a one-year contract. He’ll make between $3-3.5 million on the deal.
Shoemaker was non-tendered by the Angels last month following consecutive injury-shortened seasons. When he has pitched, he’s gone 8-5 with a 4.64 ERA in 21 starts with a K/BB ratio of 102/38 in 108.2 innings over the past two years. His strikeout rate went up and walk rate went down in 2018, though, so perhaps his struggles — and his forearm injuries — are over and there will be some better-than-expected production from the righty in Toronto.
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.