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The Royals and Alex Gordon are close to a one-year contract

Feb 7, 2012, 7:10 PM EDT

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According to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star, the Royals and Alex Gordon “appear close” to agreeing on a one-year deal in order to avoid arbitration.

Gordon, who is arbitration-eligible for the third time this offseason, filed for $5.45 million and was offered $4.15 million by the Royals when arbitration figures were exchanged last month. Dutton estimates that they’ll likely compromise in the range of $4.8-$5 million.

Gordon remains under team control through 2013, but Dutton hears that the two sides are expected to continue negotiations on a multi-year pact once a one-year deal is in the books. The Royals are believed to have offered Gordon a four-year deal around $30 million, which would equal the contract his teammate Billy Butler signed last January.

Gordon, who turns 28 on Friday, is coming off a long-awaited breakthrough season in which he batted .303/.376/.502 with 23 home runs, 87 RBI, 17 stolen bases and an .879 OPS. He also won a Gold Glove for his defense in left field.

  1. hammyofdoom - Feb 7, 2012 at 7:26 PM

    I’m so happy to see this guy doing well. I mean, I remember being probably 17 or 18 when he got to the majors, and even THEN when I heard the George Brett comparisons I cringed. Seriously, its just asking for trouble when you go “Hey this 23 year old kid is a future hall of famer” anyone remember the Rocco Baldelli/ Joe DiMaggio comparisons? Yeah, shit like that usually goes down in infamy

  2. - Feb 7, 2012 at 7:34 PM

    When he came out of Nebraska he was the only prospect the Royals had. Now there are peices around him to take the #5 comparison off. I hope last year was a result of him being more relaxed.

    I’m fine with a one year deal. I certainly don’t want both sides to get to arbitration. Stuff happens in arbitration that tends to make players not re-sign with their original club.

    A one year deal lets the Royals see if last year was the “New” Alex Gordon, or if it was an aberation. If it’s the “New” Alex Gordon, by all means the Royals better lock him up.

  3. vols84 - Feb 7, 2012 at 11:38 PM

    Gordon looked a lot more relaxed and comfortable last year. Can’t wait for him, Moustakus, and Hosmer to light it up this year.

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