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“Nothing new” in Royals’ contract talks with Alex Gordon

Feb 28, 2012, 5:17 PM EDT

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Yesterday the Royals signed 21-year-old catcher Salvador Perez to a long-term deal before he’s even played one full season in the big leagues, but apparently they aren’t close to locking up Alex Gordon to a contract extension.

Several months ago Gordon and the Royals were said to be talking about a multi-year deal, but they eventually avoided arbitration with a one-year, $4.775 million contract and Gordon told Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star that “there’s nothing new that I know of” regarding negotiations starting back up again.

Gordon is under team control in 2013 via arbitration, so there’s no huge rush from the Royals’ point of view, although if he turns in another strong season following a breakout 2011 campaign his price tag could rise significantly with free agency around the corner.

  1. - Feb 28, 2012 at 5:47 PM

    I was going blog along a similar train of thought. Perez has all of 150 PA in the majors. If the front office is willing to lock him up, what’s the hold up with the rest of the young guys?

    Probably money. Perez deal is team freindly and if you listen to his comments it sounded like he wanted certainty more than money. Hosmer, Gordon, & Moustakas won’t be giving the Royals that type of deal.

    • l0yalr0yal - Feb 28, 2012 at 6:02 PM

      Hey friend.

      The problem is that guys like Mike Moustakas, Eric Hosmer, etc. are all Boras clients. Gordon is a little bit different, because he was a high-profile pick that is just now coming around. But Scott Boras really makes things difficult by encouraging them to test their market value rather than ensuring a future with the Royals organization. He’s got those poor kids so wrapped up, it’s almost like brainwashing them. I’m not saying all these exciting young kids look at Kansas City as a good opportunity to win a championship, but I would like to see them give the organization considerable thought to staying. It’s just difficult to do with that Boras bug in their ear.

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