Today, the Kansas City Royals and left fielder Alex Gordon finally reached a deal that will allow Gordon to remain in Kansas City for the next 4 years worth $72 mil fully guaranteed, according to Jon Heyman and Jeffrey Flanagan. Also, there is a mutual option for a fifth year. This contract is the largest to ever be handed out in Royals’ history.
Now, it seems that Alex Gordon took a discount to remain in the system that he grew up in. Well, also the market for outfielders is dead and shocked that Gordon got a deal done before Cespedes, who was being linked to the rival White Sox last week.
In addition, Gordon is worth the money because he is the heart and soul of this clubhouse, plus he is a solid bat in a young lineup that can hit .270 with 15 homers and driving in 65 to 70 RBIs. That is the typical season average that Gordon produces every year, which is fine because he also plays phenomenal defense. Now, Gordon will be 32 in February and has shown some signs of injuries in 2015, but he is in the American League and could DH if needed.
In fact, Gordon can show that he plays excellent defense by winning 4 gold glove awards in his career. Also, Gordon has been named an All-Star in the past 3 seasons (2013,2014,2015).
Finally, Gordon played in 104 games this year and missed 58 games due to a gruesome groin injury, while trying to make a play on a pop fly. In those 104 games, Gordon hit a stat line of .271/.377/.432/.809 with 13 homers and driving in 48 RBIs. Gordon tallied up 96 hits on 354 at bats, but earning 422 plate appearances.
Note: Gordon has pretty much set the market price for outfielders, so expect Cespedes and Upton to take one year deals to get their market value up for the 2017 off-season, so they can land their 4 or 5 year $90 to $100 mil deals.