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Brewers sign Brett Anderson to a one-year deal

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The Milwaukee Brewers announced that they signed lefty Brett Anderson to a one-year deal. No word yet on the money.

Anderson, an 11-year veteran, is coming off a nice season in Oakland in which he went 13-9 with a 3.89 ERA (111 ERA+) in 176 innings across 31 starts. It was the first season in which he had started more than 17 games since 2015 and only the third time in his career that he has made 30 starts. Both the 31 starts and 13 wins were career highs. The 176 innings were the second-most of his career.

Anderson doesn’t strike out anyone anymore but he is valuable at the back of a contender’s rotation if he continues to eat innings like he did last year. Health is the key to this signing.

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.