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Alex Gordon | Outfielder | #4

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/10/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 220
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Nebraska
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 1 (2) / KC
Contract: view contract details

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Royals re-signed OF Alex Gordon to a four-year, $72 million contract with a mutual option for 2020.
Gordon is staying with the 2015 World Series champs. This scenario was very much in doubt over the last couple of months, but the two sides have compromised in order to get a deal done. According to Jeffrey Flanagan of, Gordon will make $12 million this year, $16 million in 2017, and $20 million in 2018-2019. The mutual option is worth $23 million with a $4 million buyout. He'll be 35 years old by the end of the guaranteed portion of the contract. It's a huge move for the Royals, who had been quiet for much of this offseason. Jan 6 - 3:40 PM

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Jeffrey Flanagan of reports that the Royals have re-signed Alex Gordon to a multi-year contract, pending a physical.

Flanagan writes that an official announcement could come as soon as Wednesday while Jon Heyman reports that it's a four-year deal worth $72 million. Gordon, who turns 32 in February, declined his $12.5 million player option for 2016 after the season in hopes of finding a lucrative contract on the open market. It's quite a coup for the defending World Series champs to bring him back home at this price.
Jan 6 - 9:41 AM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports writes that there's "increasingly strong sentiment" among competitors that Alex Gordon is going to re-sign with the Royals and that it could happen soon.

Jon Heyman reported last month that the Royals had offered Gordon a four-year deal in the range of $48-52 million. That wasn't nearly enough to get a deal done at the time, but apparently some progress has been made in recent days. It has been a pretty quiet winter for the 2015 World Series champions, but getting Gordon back in the fold would be huge.
Jan 6 - 9:19 AM

MLB Network's Jon Heyman reports that the Royals "would still love to sign" Alex Gordon after a "bleak" start to negotiations between the two sides.

It was Heyman who reported late last month that the Royals had "no chance" to re-sign Gordon, but the outfielder disputed the report a week later. It still looks like a long shot, as they appear to be offering Gordon a well below market value contract in the four-year, $48-52 million range. Heyman notes that Kansas City is also in on Gerardo Parra, Denard Span, Dexter Fowler and David Murphy as they seek outfield help.
Jan 5 - 9:52 PM

Angels general manager Billy Eppler said Monday that the club continues to talk to free agent outfielders.

While he didn't mention any player specifically, the club could look to add an impact bat such as Alex Gordon, Yoenis Cespedes or Justin Upton to play left field. If doing so however, they may look to shed some salary by dealing away a large contract such as C.J. Wilson.
Jan 4 - 9:03 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the White Sox want to sign Alex Gordon or Yoenis Cespedes, "but only if they're willing to take a three-year deal or less."

Gordon would seem more likely to settle for a three-year deal since he'll turn 32 next month, but the feeling to this point is that he's likely to get at least four years. The White Sox have already added Todd Frazier and Brett Lawrie via trade this winter but are looking for additional offensive help in the form of an outfielder. However, it's sounding like they may have to extend beyond their comfort zone in order to get something done.
Jan 1 - 2:41 PM

Alex Gordon told the Lincoln Journal Star that there's "no truth" to a recent report that his camp told the Royals that they have no chance to sign him.

The report in question came from CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, who added that the Royals are believed to have offered Gordon a four-year deal in the range of $12-13 million per season. That's not enough to get a deal done, but Gordon hasn't ruled out a return. "The Royals are still in the mix," said Gordon. "I know what’s going on behind the scenes, and I’m dealing with it the best I can." The White Sox and Orioles are among the other clubs who have been linked to Gordon this winter.
Wed, Dec 30, 2015 09:10:00 AM

According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, Alex Gordon "prefers to stay in Kansas City, though that dream may be fading."

This comes days after Gordon's agents told the Royals there was "no chance" he would re-sign with the team. The Royals reportedly offered Gordon a four-year deal worth somewhere between $48-52 million. It's possible the two sides could revisit their negotiations but for now, it appears Gordon is headed elsewhere.
Source: Boston Globe
Sat, Dec 26, 2015 08:55:00 PM

According to CBS Sports' Jon Heyman, the Royals have been told they have "no chance" to re-sign outfielder Alex Gordon as things currently stand.

It's believed that the Royals have made a four-year offer to Gordon, reportedly at $12-13 million per season, but the free agent outfielder hopes to make $20 million annually. Unless somebody blinks, a reunion doesn't appear possible. Heyman writes that the Royals are currently looking at alternatives in the market, including Denard Span, Austin Jackson, Gerardo Parra, and even Alex Rios.
Source: CBS Sports
Wed, Dec 23, 2015 02:11:00 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the White Sox are showing interest in free agent outfielder Alex Gordon.

Gordon's among the last big name free agents left on the market. Rosenthal speculates that if the team's seriously gunning for Gordon, they might look to trade Adam LaRoche or Melky Cabrera. Gordon could still return to the Royals, but Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reported on December 18 that there's a "sizeable gap" between the kind of hometown discount the World Series champs would want to sign him for (four years) and what he's looking for (possibly five years at a $20 million AAV). Gordon turns 32 in February.
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 12:06:00 PM

CBS Sports' Jon Heyman reports that there is a "sizable gap" in contract talks between the Royals and Alex Gordon.

Heyman says Gordon is looking for around $20 million annually and viewed the Royals' four-year offer as "too great a hometown discount" and "sent back discouraging words about the initial try." Gordon will turn 32 in February but might be aiming for a five-year commitment. The Royals are also in the market for pitching and might ultimately choose to invest in an arm and let Gordon walk.
Fri, Dec 18, 2015 01:30:00 PM

Cardinals general manager Jon Mozeliak said Sunday that the club doesn't plan to chase after outfielders after missing out re-signing Jason Heyward.

There had been speculation that the Cardinals would step up their pursuit of Alex Gordon, but it seems instead that they'll shift their focus to starting pitching. The Giants are still believed to be the favorites to sign Gordon, while the Royals remain hopeful of bringing him back.
Source: KMOX Sports
Sun, Dec 13, 2015 07:59:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports, the Royals still remain hopeful of retaining Alex Gordon.

The problem for them, is that Gordon doesn't look as though he'll be giving them a hometown discount this time around. The Giants have been considered by many to be the favorites to sign the defensive wizard, while the Cardinals are expected to step up their pursuit after being spurned by Jason Heyward.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 09:36:00 PM

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Cardinals "now have sights set" on Alex Gordon.

The Cards have bowed out of the Jason Heyward sweepstakes, so they're turning their attention to Plan B. Gordon makes a lot of sense, as he's essentially an older version of Heyward and can be had at a fraction of the price. Nightengale says St. Louis plans "to aggressively pursue" the 31-year-old outfielder. Gordon has also drawn interest from the Giants.
Fri, Dec 11, 2015 01:03:00 PM

According to ESPN's Buster Olney, rival evaluators see the Giants as frontrunners for free agent outfielder Alex Gordon.

Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports that Gordon's market has yet to develop, so this feels like speculation more than anything else. Still, the Giants have a need in left field and one target went off the board when Ben Zobrist signed with the Cubs on Tuesday. Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton are among the other possibilities, but Gordon won't require as long of a commitment.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 09:47:00 AM

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