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Alex Gordon interested in contract extension with Royals

Aug 15, 2011, 12:46 PM EDT

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Alex Gordon revealed yesterday that his agent recently talked to Royals general manager Dayton Moore about a long-term contract extension.

Gordon made it clear that he wants to remain with the Royals, telling Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star:

Staying here? Heck, yeah. I love it here. I love the guys here. I love being close to home. I love the fans. I love everything about this place.

Despite seemingly being around forever Gordon is still just 27 years old and remains under team control for two more seasons via arbitration, so from the Royals’ point of view there’s no rush to get something done. Next year he’ll get a big raise from his current $1.4 million salary, but will likely still earn under $5 million.

After spending much of last year in the minors Gordon is finally having his long-awaited breakout season, hitting .298 with 14 homers, 36 doubles, and an .852 OPS in 116 games. The former No. 2 overall pick and one-time top prospect came into the season as a career .244 hitter with a .733 OPS in 408 games.

  1. kchoya - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:16 PM

    Just as important as his offensive numbers is the defense he’s been playing. Leads all outfielders in assists by far, and has just one error. He should get the Gold Glove.

  2. jimbo1949 - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:18 PM

    Interesting item from Forbes.com
    http://www.forbes.com/sites/tomvanriper/2011/08/09/baseballs-best-hitters-for-the-buck/
    .
    All 3 KC outfielders on the list, yes Craig, including Frenchy

    • sportsdrenched - Aug 15, 2011 at 2:58 PM

      And now we have no doubt why GMDM is the GM of the Royals.

  3. sportsdrenched - Aug 15, 2011 at 3:01 PM

    If I’m Dayton Moore I wait a year before doing another deal.

    Also interersting that players are now expressing interest in staying in KC, as opposed to getting out as soon as they can.

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