Happy early birthday, Gordo!
The Royals avoided an arbitration hearing with Alex Gordon today by signing him to a one-year, $4.775 mil. contract with up to $25K in performance bonuses (kudos to the Star’s Bob Dutton).
Alex initially filed for $5.45 mil, and the Royals came back at him with an offer of $4.15mil. In the end, they pretty much settled for a figure smack dab in between the two figures.
The two parties have been exploring a multi-year deal this offseason, and most of us were hoping they would have settled on a 3-5 year deal by now. They’ll continue to attempt to negotiate a new deal. Officially, Gordo can’t become a free agent until after the 2013 season, so any new deal with him will have to at least buy out two of his free agent years.
KC has officially signed all of it’s arb. eligible players, and Dayton has kept his squeaky clean arbitration record.