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Report: Diamondbacks sign Junior Guerra to one-year contract

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Kyle Lesniewski of SB Nation’s Brew Crew Ball reports that the Diamondbacks have signed pitcher Junior Guerra to a one-year deal that includes an option for 2021. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic confirms the report. Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic adds that the deal is for $2.55 million.

Guerra, who turns 35 years old next month, was non-tendered by the Brewers last week as he was projected to earn $3.5 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. This past season, his first as a full-time reliever, the right-hander posted a 3.55 ERA with 77 strikeouts and 36 walks over 83 2/3 innings. The Brewers commonly used Guerra for more than three outs as he did so in 23 of his 72 appearances.

Guerra will add depth to a Diamondbacks bullpen that sorely needs it, joining an amalgam of players bridging the gap to closer Archie Bradley.

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.