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Yankees interview David Cone for pitching coach vacancy

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Jack Curry of YES Network reported yesterday that the Yankees interviewed David Cone for their pitching coach vacancy last week.

Last week it was reported that the Yankees were interviewing a couple of college coaches — University of Arkansas pitching coach Matt Hobbs and University of Michigan pitching coach Chris Fetter — about succeeding Larry Rothschild as the club’s pitching coach. Interviewing Cone — who has no coaching experience and has been a broadcaster and has written a book since he retired — continues with the “think outside the box” approach.

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.