Gordon and the Royals Agree to a One-Year Deal

Happy early birthday, Gordo!

Photo Credit: AP/Charlie Riedel

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.

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4 comments

  1. THE MEXICUTIONER

    This is great news it really shows that the royals want Gordo and that he wants to be here so it’s a win win situation.

  2. royalblueskc

    If Gordon stays at the leadoff spot, his stolen base totals should stay around where they are. It wouldn’t be fair to expect much more than 20 from him, but he’ll always possess 20/20 potential. Yeah, his average may dip, but he’s always displayed the ability to take a walk.

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