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Video: Fernando Tatis Jr. gets picked off, avoids tag in incredible fashion

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Padres shortstop Fernando Tatis Jr. led off the bottom of the first inning of Sunday’s game against the Braves with an infield single off of Mike Soroka. Soroka then had Tatis dead to rights on a pickoff attempt at first base. Freeman ran Tatis towards second, then threw to shortstop Dansby Swanson covering the base. Swanson ran Tatis back to first, then flipped the ball to Soroka covering the base, but Tatis contorted his body somehow to completely avoid the tag.

Unfortunately, the Padres couldn’t capitalize as they stranded Tatis.

Tatis, 20, entered the day batting an incredible .329/.398/.611 with 14 home runs, 33 RBI, 46 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 244 plate appearances on the season.

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.