Good news for Kansas City Royals fans: Alex Gordon is coming back!
After many speculated that Gordon would be leaving, he and the Royals struck a 4-year deal worth $72 million on Wednesday. Gordon will be getting the following deal:
- $12 million for 2016,
- $16 million for 2017,
- $20 million for 2018,
- $20 million for 2019, and
- $23 million mutual option for 2020, with a $4 million buyout.
Gordon’s deal is the richest in franchise history, knocking down the five-year, $55 million deal the Royals gave to Gil Meche and Mike Sweeney. Not bad, right?
During a news conference at Kauffman Stadium, Gordon and Royals general manager, Dayton Moore shared their feelings on the deal.
“I just want to say my family and I are very happy to be back in Kansas City,” Gordon said. “We were very appreciative of the other teams that showed interest but at the end of the day, my heart will be, and always has been, in Kansas City. “
“Mr. [David] Glass has always been very supportive and [club president] Dan [Glass] was really pushing us to get this done as well,” Moore said. “We had an absolute commitment from ownership.
“Once it looked like we were going to get a deal I was very, very happy. I didn’t know what other uniform he could have possibly worn. It just wouldn’t have looked right or seemed right.”
Gordon may have missed two months in 2015 due to injury, but that didn’t stop him from achieving .271/.377/.432 for the season, as well as 13 home-runs, and 48 RBIs in 104 games.
Gordon rejected a player option on his contract at the end of this season for slightly more than $14 million as well as the club’s qualifying offer of $15.8 million before entering free agency. But staying in Kansas City was important to Gordon, not only so he could be close to his home in Lincoln, Neb., but also to stay with Moore. The two have become very close friends over the years.
“He’s always honest with you,” Gordon said of Moore. “He always lets you know what’s going on. I will say there’s a lot of respect in that clubhouse for that man. He’s always pulling for you. It’s not just me, it’s everyone in that clubhouse.”
During the 2017 season, Alex Gordon will also pass the ten year mark in service time, which means he’ll have the ability to block any trade should he find it undesirable. (Players with ten years of service time and at least five years with the same club have the ability to block trades.) That power will also be a pretty great perk for Gordon in the coming seasons.
While he and his teammates are obviously happy about the deal, his fans, like me, are even more thrilled.
Shane Stirling of Cairns, Queensland is an HR Manager and long-time baseball fan . To learn more about his life and career, please visit his professional website.