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Cubs acquire reliever David Phelps from Blue Jays

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Jesse Rogers of ESPN reports that the Cubs are getting reliever David Phelps from the Toronto Blue Jays in exchange for minor league pitcher Thomas Hatch.

Phelps, 32, has pitched in 17 games this year, 16 of which have come out of the pen. He has a 3.63 ERA in 17.1 innings and has struck out 18 batters while walking seven. Phelps missed the 2018 season due to Tommy John surgery.

Hatch, 24, is a starter who is in his second season at Double-A. He was a third round pick in 2016. Based on the statlines alone he does not seem to be much of a prospect, but you don’t trade much of a prospect for a rental reliever coming off TJ surgery either.

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.