The St. Louis Cardinals announced today that they have agreed to a new three-year contracts with manager Mike Shildt and president of baseball operations John Mozeliak. General manager Michael Girsch and the club agreed to a two-year pact.
Shildt holds a 132-99 record since taking over for Mike Matheny in the middle of the 2018 season. This year he led the Cards to the NL Central crown and is a finalist for NL Manager of the Year.
Moseliak has been with the Cardinals for nearly 25 years, the last 12 of which he has been its chief baseball operations guy, with his title changing from GM to president. The Cards won the 2011 World Series and the 2013 NL pennant with him at the helm.
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.