Royals Avoid Arbitration With Four Players, But Not Alex Gordon


Today was the deadline to either come to agreements for 2012 salaries for arbitration eligible players or to exchange figures for a potential future arbitration hearing. Yesterday, the Royals secured one-year deals with Brayan Pena and Chris Getz. Today, they came to terms with Luke Hochevar, Jonathan Sanchez, Mitch Maier and Felipe Paulino.

That leaves Alex Gordon, who many hope will receive a contract extension, as the only player who doesn’t have a deal for 2012. (Though either by extension or an arbiter’s ruling, he’ll have a contract in place at some point before spring.)

Sanchez, acquired for Melky Cabrera in the offseason, will make $5.6 million next year, his last year of arbitration. Hochevar’s deal will pay him $3.51 million after a strong second half of 2011. Paulino, who was picked up off the scrap heap last year and led all Royals starters with 8.6 K/9, gets $1.9 million and Maier will make $865,000.

The lack of an agreement with Gordon doesn’t signal that he’ll receive a contract extension, but it’s a strong hint that it could be in the works. Last year, Billy Butler was without an agreement after the deadline. Days later, the Royals announced his extension. Gordon figures to be able to cash in on a season in which he was in the top ten in many offensive categories, led the majors in outfield assists and won a Gold Glove. Historically (or at least in the last decade), outfielders around Gordon’s age and experience have gotten contract extensions of 4-5 years at an annual average salary of around $8 million a season.

If an extension isn’t announced, the Royals will go to an arbitration hearing where a judge will rule on the figures that the Royals and Gordon’s side exchange for his salary. According to Jon Heyman, the Royals and Gordon are $1.3 million apart, with Gordon requesting $5.4 million and the Royals offering $4.15 million. Arbitration hearings will take place between February 1 and February 21. Gordon made $1.4 million in 2011.

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Tags: AL Central Alex Gordon Baseball Billy Butler Brayan Pena Chris Getz Felipe Paulino Jonathan Sanchez Kansas City Royals KC KC Royals Luke Hochevar Mitch Maier

  • Kevin Scobee

    I would give Gordon 6 years at $15/yr right now. [possibly biased comment]

  • michael.allen.engel

    @Kevin Scobee I think the union would take issue. You mean $15 million, right? #thatguy

  • Kevin Scobee

    I would give Gordon 6 years at $15/yr right now. [possibly biased comment]

  • michael.allen.engel

    @Kevin Scobee I think the union would take issue. You mean $15 million, right? #thatguy

  • pthomp21

    If I had to guess, I’d say 4 years, 36.5 million with an option for a 5th year at 12.5 mil.

  • pthomp21

    If I had to guess, I’d say 4 years, 36.5 million with an option for a 5th year at 12.5 mil.

  • 1Yankh8tr

    If I’m the owner of an MLB team, I wouldn’t care if I had to spend a pile of cash that was hub deep to a Farris Wheel.

    Let’s say that you are flush with more money than you could ever possibly need in 25 life times, and you use some of your money to buy a team like the Royals, then it only makes sense that you would spend, spend, spend, to win, win, win!

    Then take your pennants and shove them in the faces of all your buddies that also have way too much money.

    Alex Gordon…give him the money and get him locked up.

    I would rather die broke with several championships, than have 25 life times of money in the bank.

    But that’s me, and I don’t own a team, now do I?

  • 1Yankh8tr

    If I’m the owner of an MLB team, I wouldn’t care if I had to spend a pile of cash that was hub deep to a Farris Wheel.

    Let’s say that you are flush with more money than you could ever possibly need in 25 life times, and you use some of your money to buy a team like the Royals, then it only makes sense that you would spend, spend, spend, to win, win, win!

    Then take your pennants and shove them in the faces of all your buddies that also have way too much money.

    Alex Gordon…give him the money and get him locked up.

    I would rather die broke with several championships, than have 25 life times of money in the bank.

    But that’s me, and I don’t own a team, now do I?

  • Kevin Scobee

    @1Yankh8tr baseball is a business and the point of the business is to, in the end, make a profit. You shouldn’t begrudge Glass for running things the way he chooses to run things simply because you would benefit from the championships.

    We can all disagree on how best is to run that business, I suppose, but Glass is entitled to run his business however he sees fit. Even though it does in turn affect us.

    I understand your point, though.

  • 1Yankh8tr

    @Kevin Scobee

    Kevin, as the President of a Mfg. Company, I understand business, & the need to be profitable. But please don’t misunderstand my post. I never even mentioned Glass at all. I was only saying if I owned a MLB team, this would be my mentality.

  • Kevin Scobee

    @1Yankh8tr baseball is a business and the point of the business is to, in the end, make a profit. You shouldn’t begrudge Glass for running things the way he chooses to run things simply because you would benefit from the championships.

    We can all disagree on how best is to run that business, I suppose, but Glass is entitled to run his business however he sees fit. Even though it does in turn affect us.

    I understand your point, though.

  • 1Yankh8tr

    @Kevin Scobee

    Kevin, as the President of a Mfg. Company, I understand business, & the need to be profitable. But please don’t misunderstand my post. I never even mentioned Glass at all. I was only saying if I owned a MLB team, this would be my mentality.

  • Kevin Scobee

    @1Yankh8tr gotcha. My mistake.

  • Kevin Scobee

    @1Yankh8tr gotcha. My mistake.