When Alex Gordon signed the four-year $72 million dollar contract, I was thrilled. One of the best Royals of the past decade was now most likely going to finish his career with the team he had always been with.
After successful postseasons and a game tying homer in the bottom of the 9th of the World Series, Gordon was the man theKC Royals needed to keep. However, since the signing, his offense has declined and the team has underperformed.
Lorenzo Cain has become an even bigger star since signing the two-year team friendly contract to keep him in Kansas City after the World Series. Now Lorenzo is one of the KC Royals biggest pieces, and one of the most valuable at that. With free agency looming once again, the Royals could easily trade him off if the team continues to struggle.
Even if they don’t, Gordon still has two years left after 2017 and Cain has none unless he is resigned.
The Meaning Of It All
This gives Gordon the clear advantage to take over as the teams primary outfielder for the next two seasons. Yost, if he doesn’t retire, will have no choice but to stick Gordon in center unless Bubba can finally put things together.
I’m going to stick with what I said and say Gordon is easily the more likely option there.
Whether the KC Royals trade or keep Cain this season, there will be questions heading into the offseason on who the next center fielder will be. Alex Gordon has the perfect opportunity to take his talents to center field.