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Nationals win arbitration case against Michael Taylor

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Washington Nationals outfielder Michael Taylor has lost his arbitration hearing against the club. He will earn $3.25 million in 2019. Taylor had requested $3.5 million. Going to war over $250K is kinda weird, but nothing surprises me in 2019.

Taylor, a backup outfielder, had a down year in 2018, hitting .227/.287/.357 (OPS+ 69) with six homers in 385 plate appearances.

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.