Well, KC Royals fans. You got your Christmas and New Year’s wish all wrapped up and delivered today. It may have come a little late, but it is here so enjoy it.
Left fielder Alex Gordon has returned!
The Twitter world has been abuzz this morning with news that Gordon has re-signed with the Royals pending a physical. The deal is for 4 years and $72 million. Gordon now has the richest contract in franchise history.
It is less than the five years he was asking for and less than the $20 million a year many thought he would receive. Guess Gordon was right when he talked to MLB Network about the Royals still having a chance to re-sign him.
According to Jon Heyman, the deal does not include an opt-out clause or a full no-trade clause. However, Gordon will receive those no-trade benefits as he will become a ten and five guy in 2017 (ten years in the big leagues and five years with the same team).
UPDATE: Gordon will make $12 million in 2016, $16 million in 2017, and then $20 million each in the final two years of the contract. There is also a mutual option of $23 million, with a $4 million buyout. The $4 million is a trade bonus if he were to be traded.
Check out this good article on the deal from CBS Sports.
Rumor has it that American League Central rival Chicago wouldn’t give Gordon the fourth year.
According to Ken Rosenthal, Gordon will make less in 2016 than the following three seasons. Also, some of the money is deferred.
That could give the Royals some financial leeway to go after a free agent starting pitcher, like maybe Ian Kennedy (formerly of the SD Padres). However, the starters the Royals are looking at have a draft pick attached.
UPDATE: To make room on the 40-man roster, the Royals designated fellow outfielder Lane Adams for assignment. This is probably the best opportunity Adams will get if another team claims him. He really is not in the Royals plans, as he was not called up in 2015 despite a solid 2015 campaign back in Double-A again (he did briefly play in Triple-A last season).
*In former Royals news, Mark Quinn is expected to be named the assistant hitting coach for Baltimore. He had been working to develop ballplayers, along with Alex Cintron and Mike Bynum. His facility is located in Houston, Texas.
Milt Thompson, who is a Royals roving instructor, was a finalist for the job with the O’s.