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Adam Rosales retires from baseball

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Utilityman Adam Rosales announced his retirement from baseball with a Twitter post. He wrote, “Special thanks to the eight different organizations who have all given me the opportunity of a lifetime! Today, I’m hanging up these beat-up cleats and opening a new exciting chapter in my life!” Rosales tagged the eight organizations for which he played: the Reds, Athletics, Rangers, Padres, Diamondbacks, Phillies, Indians, and Twins.

Rosales will help coach for the Athletics’ rookie league team, the Athletics announced on Tuesday.

Rosales, 36, played all over the field, logging 1,000-plus innings at second base, third base, and shortstop. He also played over 580 innings at first base, and 58 in left field. He hit .226/.291/.365 across parts of 11 seasons. His best season came in 2016 with the Padres, when he posted career-highs in games played, triples, home runs, and walks.

Aside from his versatility, Rosales was best known for his very quick trots around the bases after hitting a home run.

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.