ESPN's Jerry Crasnick reports that the Royals have made Jonny Gomes a "potential target."
Kansas City is searching for a right-handed bat and Gomes, who will be a free agent this winter, should be one of the easier ones to get. He's batting just .234 with a .680 OPS in 67 total games this season, but the 33-year-old owns a career .266/.351/.461 slash line against left-handed pitching.
Blue Jays released RHP Frank Francisco.
Francisco signed a minor league contract with the Jays in late June but lasted only a couple of weeks. The 34-year-old allowed six runs -- five earned -- over 3 2/3 innings earlier this season in the White Sox bullpen. He hasn't been an effective reliever since 2011.
Blue Jays released C Hector Gimenez.
Gimenez was 14-for-58 (.241) between the Blue Jays' Double-A and Triple-A affiliates. The 31-year-old catcher will look to sign on with a new organization.
Dariel Alvarez has been promoted to Triple-A Norfolk.
Alvarez earned the bump by batting .309/.332/.487 with 14 home runs, 20 doubles, and 68 RBI in 91 games at Double-A Bowie. The 25-year-old outfielder landed an $800,000 signing bonus from the O's in 2013 after defecting from Cuba. He could be a factor by early 2015.
FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Angels are targeting Padres starter Ian Kennedy.
Anaheim has also been in talks with the still-under-construction San Diego front office about closer Huston Street. Kennedy, 29, has registered an exceptional 3.47 ERA, 1.19 WHIP, and 133/34 K/BB ratio across 124 1/3 innings (20 starts) this season for the Padres. According to the pitching metric xFIP, he ranks better this year than guys like Max Scherzer, Adam Wainwright, and Jeff Samardzija. Kennedy is arbitration-eligible through 2015, so the Friars will probably want a fairly substantial return package.