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Giants manager search down to three finalists

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John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Giants’ managerial search is down to three finalists: Gabe Kapler, Joe Espada, and Matt Quatraro. Shea says that, at present, it’s not at all clear if any of them is favored.

Kapler, of course, served as the Phillies’ manager in 2018 and 2019. Espada is the Astros’ bench coach. Quatraro is the Rays’ bench coach. Team president Farhan Zaidi worked with Kapler in Los Angeles so familiarity is obviously the primary consideration there. The other two, in all likelihood, because of their status as bench coaches in two successful organizations. See, also: the last two World Series-winning managers — Alex Cora and Dave Martinez — getting their jobs after serving as bench coaches on recent World Series-winning teams.

There should be a new Giants manager named soon.

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.