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Need a hot stove preview? Then check this out.

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As we wait for the hot stove to get hot — and if it’s like last year it may take until February until it’s even warm — you may be looking for some preview material to tide you over for a spell. If so, the guys at Rotoworld have you covered.

This week old friends D.J. Short and Drew Silva devote their Rotoworld Podcast to the hot stove, breaking down the top free agents, identifying potential high-profile trade targets, and talking about the teams to watch this offseason. Short version: it’s Scott Boras’ world this winter and everyone is living in it.

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If you’re podcast averse and would prefer to read about the top free agents, another old friend — Matthew Pouliot — has you covered with his always indispensable annual Top 111 Free Agents post. Why 111? I have no idea, but you have plenty to read as you think about the answer to that question. I’m not sure if people still bookmark websites — I’m old so I still do — but if you do, bookmark that for quick and handy reference every time you hear a rumor about your team being interested in so-and-so.

Someone will sign eventually, folks. Listen to D.J. and Drew and read Matthew so you’re prepared when they do.

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.