Locked Up: Alex Gordon

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The Alex Gordon Contract Watch has officially come to an end. On Friday, the Royals and Alex Gordon announced that they have come to terms on a contract extension. The deal is for 4 years – $37.5 mil, with a player option for the 5th year of $12.5 mil; totaling $50 mil. Here’s how the contract looks on paper:

  • $37.5 mil guaranteed for the first 4 years
    • 2012 – $6 mil
    • 2013 – $9 mil
    • 2014 – $10 mil
    • 2015 – $12.5 mil
  • Player Option for 2016
    • 2016 – $12.5 mil

Barring a major change of heart, Alex Gordon himself stated that even though the deal is for 4 years with an option for the 5th, he views it as a 5 year deal.

“It’s a very special day, I couldn’t be more excited,” Gordon said after general manager Dayton Moore made the announcement. “He said four years with a player option, I look at it as five years.” – Alex Gordon

It was indeed a special day. But not just for Gordon, but for the Royals faithful as well. During the Allaird Baird era, Royals fans were forced to watch their hometown team become essentially a farm team for the rest of the league. Once a player became good enough to start possibly earning more money, the Royals proceeded to ship them off for basically whatever they could get in return.

Just think of how good the Kansas City outfield would have been if they never traded Johnny Damon, Carlos Beltran, and Jermaine Dye. Not only would that have been a top-tier outfield, their talents very well could have made the Royals a top-flight franchise a decade ago.

But now, the Royals – under Dayton Moore – have been able to right the ship. The Royals are finally in a place, both talent-wise and financially, to keep their homegrown talent in Kansas City.

After immense struggles to begin his career, Alex has proven himself to be one of the top LF in the game, hitting .303/.376/.502, 23 HR, 87 RBI, 101 RS, 45 2B, 17 SB. On the defensive side of the ball, Alex led the league with 20 OF assists while committing only 3 E in his first full-season in the OF – earning himself the AL Gold Glove for his position.

Alex felt that a new deal was always going to happen, it was just a matter of when – not if.

“This is where I want to be, surrounded by great people. It starts with the Glass family and ever since Dayton came into this organization, you kind of saw something change and he turned this organization around and it’s really the right step to where the players want to be.” – Gordon on the Royals turnaround

After what he did last season, and what he’s doing right now in ST, you can’t help but be excited to see what Gordo can do this season – especially now that he has the security of a long-term deal.

Congrats, Alex.

Next up, GMDM: Lock up Hoz.

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3 comments

  1. Andrew Godfrey

    Reminds me of the Kansas City Athletics of the 1950’s. The Yankees used them as a farm club. As soon as a KC player started playing well the Yankees would trade for him and KC would get little in return.

    Alex Gordon’s average had dipped from .260 in 2008 to .215 in 2010, but he rebounded last year with a .303 average. His best stat from the 2011 season was his 72 extra base hits after having 30 combined over the 2009 and 2010 seasons.

    2008 – .260
    2009 – .232
    2010 – .215
    2011 – .303

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