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Report: Cubs sign David Bote to contract extension through 2024

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Patrick Mooney of The Athletic reports that the Cubs have signed infielder David Bote to a contract extension that will run through the 2024 season and includes two club options for 2025-26. Per Gordon Wittenmyer of the Chicago Sun-Times, the contract is for $15.003 million.

Bote, who turns 26 years old on Sunday, entered the season with just 100 days of service time. He is currently without a starting role for the Cubs, but has started the season well, batting .364 in 13 plate appearances.

Bote may be a superutilityman now, but he could potentially become a regular in the coming years. Ben Zobrist is set to hit free agency after the season, which would either open up second base for Bote or allow Javier Báez to move back to second base. The club may at some point cut ties with shortstop Addison Russell, who isn’t eligible to return until May 3 as he was suspended under MLB’s domestic violence policy.

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.