It appears the Kansas City Royals gave Alex Gordon what he wanted.
Last month, the longtime Royals left fielder’s camp reportedly told Kansas City it had “no chance” of signing him to a four-year contract worth an alleged $12 million or $13 million per year, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported. But on Wednesday, MLB.com’s Jeffrey Flanagan reported the Royals got their guy.
Kansas City increased its offer to $18 million per year, and Gordon reportedly accepted a four-year, $72 million deal, per Heyman, keeping the 31-year-old locked up through the 2019 season.
Gordon’s deal probably seems steep for an outfielder on the other side of 30, but he has improved greatly over the years, collecting four Gold Gloves and three All-Star nods in his last five seasons. Not to mention Gordon was a huge part of the Royals’ back-to-back World Series trips and last season’s championship.
The contract doesn’t include an opt-out or a no-trade clause, per Heyman.
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Thumbnail photo via Kansas City Royals left fielder Alex Gordon takes batting practice during workouts prior to game one of the ALDS against the Houston Astros at Kauffman Stadium.
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