Jul 8, 2015; Kansas City, MO, USA; Kansas City Royals left fielderAlex Gordon
(4) is carted off the field after an injury against the Tampa Bay Rays in the fourth inning at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports
With the news coming Thursday morning that the KC Royals expect left fielder Alex Gordon to miss eight weeks with a grade-two groin strain, general manager Dayton Moore might seek help on the trade market.
First, lets go over the latest news about Gordon’s condition. According to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale:
Losing Alex Gordon for the next two months hurts the KC Royals in the field (obviously), at the plate, and in the clubhouse.
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While everyone knows replacing Platinum Glove winner Alex Gordon on defense is next to impossible, many are underrating his loss on offense. Gordon is the Kansas City Royals most patient hitter, which could have a more far reaching impact on the KC lineup than his .279/.394/.457 slash line would suggest.
Alex Gordon has been the Kansas City Royals best position player over the last five years. Losing him has to give hope to Kansas City’s Central Division rivals—especially the Tigers who have lost Miguel Cabrera for six weeks, and the Indians who have recently gotten hot after a terrible start to the season.
The KC Royals could now face a dogfight for the AL Central crown.
The following six players are who I see as the most likely trade targets if Dayton Moore decides he needs to bring in help after losing Alex Gordon:
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