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Russell Martin intends to play in 2020

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Free agent catcher Russell Martin intends to play at least one more season, Jon Heyman reports. Heyman notes that Martin has already begun his offseason training regimen.

Martin, 36, has seen his offensive numbers decline each season since 2014, not an uncommon trend for a player approaching his late-30’s. This past season, Martin hit .220/.337/.330 with six home runs and 20 RBI in 249 plate appearances with the Dodgers. In his only postseason appearance, he doubled, homered, and knocked in four runs in Game 3 of the NLDS against the Nationals.

While Martin, a veteran of 14 seasons, is only slightly above replacement level these days, he should still draw some interest as a backup catcher.

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.