The Kansas City Royals have agreed to a 4 year contract with lifelong Royal Alex Gordon
The Kansas City Royals have finally done what we all hoped they would do; resign Alex Gordon. Jeffrey Flanagan broke the new on twitter earlier this morning.
The deal is for 72 million dollars over 4 years according to Jon Heyman.
Not only is this the largest contract in terms of total dollar amount ever given out by the Royals, surpassing the five year $55 Million contracts given to Gil Meche and Mike Sweeney, it also means Gordon is more likely to stay a Royal for life.
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The deal comes as somewhat of a shock to most, as predictions had Gordon landing 90+ million dollars over 5 years, most likely with a brand new team. It seemed the chances were slim and the window closing after Gordon declined his option for 2016, as well as the qualifying offer. Many teams were rumored to have interest and it was unknown whether Gordon would be willing to take a hometown discount to stay with the only team he’s ever known.
Finally, Royals fans everywhere can take a deep breath and confidently look towards the upcoming season.
This deal is certainly impactful to the future as far as resigning other current players. But more importantly, it is impactful right now. The defending World Series champions are in the midst of a 2 year window with their core group of players still intact. The Royals could not risk letting Gordon walk in hopes of retaining other players, they had to retain THE player. The fan favorite, the All-Star, the Platinum Glove winner, the most talented and impactful Royal since George Brett himself.
The Future cannot be predicted. We don’t know if any current player will be willing to sign an extension. We don’t know how long the Royals will continue to be successful. But here, in the present, signing Alex Gordon allows this team a shot at another successful season and a shot at a World Series repeat.