The New York Mets have acquired righty reliever Wilmer Font from the Rays for a player to be named later.
Font has struggled this year, posting a 5.79 ERA in 10 relief appearances. He’s still been striking out a lot of guys, thought — 18 in 14 innings — so the Mets might be able to make something out of him even if the pitching-stocked Rays don’t have the room.
Font has only pitched in 37 big league games over his five season career, which has now taken him to his fifth club.
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.