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Julio Teherán enters free agency after Braves decline his option

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In addition to those small moves with Nick Markakis and Tyler Flowers, the Braves made a slightly more significant one in declining the 2020 option for starter Julio Teherán, making him a free agent.

Teheran, who has been a Brave since his debut in 2011, was 10-11 with a 3.81 ERA (119 ERA+) in 2019. For the second straight year he posted an 8.3 K/9 and a 4.3 BB/9 while pitching exactly one inning less this year — 174.2 — than last. You kinda know what you’re gonna get with him. Some rough outings in which he’s shelled early alternating, more or less, with stretches of fairly solid mid-to-back-of-the-rotation performance. That ERA in 2019 certainly feels deceptive. When you watch him — and when you dig into the peripheral numbers — you begin to feel like there’s a little less there than meets the eye.

Teherán is a guy who belongs on a big league staff but who the Braves don’t believe will be worth the $12 million that option they declined would’ve paid him. Now anyone can sign him.

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.