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Alex Gordon intends to exercise his player option for 2016

Aug 23, 2014, 11:05 PM EDT

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon could become a free agent after the 2015 season if he wanted to, but he intends to exercise his $12.5 million player option for the 2016 season instead, Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star reports. Apparently, Gordon arrived at this decision without collaborating with his agent, Casey Close.

“Casey’s not the boss of me,” Gordon said with a grin. “I’m sure he’ll have things to say and whatnot. But when it comes down to it, it’s my decision.”

Gordon is in the midst of a four-year, $37.5 million contract extension signed in March 2012. Assuming he doesn’t have a terrible 2015, Gordon would likely command close to, if not exceed nine figures on the open market. Due to very good defensive grades this season, Gordon has rated among the game’s most valuable players in baseball according to FanGraphs, even briefly surpassing Mike Trout. Since 2011, only five players have compiled more WAR than Gordon’s 21.4: Trout (27.0), Andrew McCutchen (25.1), Miguel Cabrera (24.9), Robinson Cano (24.1), and Ben Zobrist (22.4).

  1. corky2141 - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:45 PM

    He goes unnoticed all the time due to his location out in Missouri. His agent probably wanted him to cash in in a larger market but it’s nice to see a guy want to stick with his team

    • sportsfan18 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:35 AM

      he doesn’t have to leave…

      he could get a new deal for more (no, NOT as much money I know…).

      But he’s risking injury too. Playing on a contract with only 1 yr left means his only guaranteed dollars are on that one yr…

      signing for another 4 or 5 yrs and tens of millions more GUARANTEED dollars would be much wiser than playing for only a $12.5 million guaranteed dollars.

      Granted, the odds of this happening are small… but let’s say he’s playing next season for the $12.5 million and he gets injured badly in a car accident and can no longer player baseball ever again…

      Well, he’d get the rest of his $12.5 million for that season because it’s guaranteed… but that would be the end of his money.

      Now, had he signed a deal this off season for say 5 yrs and $85 million, he’d have all that money still coming to him guaranteed even though he’d never play again in the bigs due to the car accident…

      Again, small odds I know but the kid is good, above average and would command a very good deal on the market. Negotiate with the Royals to stay there if you want to Alex, even at a discount if you’re that happy there…

      But get yourself more guaranteed dollars…

  2. rayricespimphand - Aug 23, 2014 at 11:50 PM

    He’d be crazy to exercise that option. He’s already over 30, not maximizing his earnings now is foolish. He must really love KC.

    • 18thstreet - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:16 AM

      Therefore, it’s crazy to love Kansas City.

      I kid, I kid. But it sure seems like he must love KC more than money.

  3. lazlosother - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:16 AM

    Love the Gordon. One of the most under-rated players in the game. If he wants to stay in KC, good on him and the Royals. If he has any common sense, and he seems to, he won’t be hurting for money.

  4. vols84 - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:36 AM

    You can buy a lot in Kansas City with that kind of cheese. Gordon is such a great story of patience, hard work, and just a professional.

  5. randygnyc - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:37 AM

    If the royals had any sense they’d extend him this offseason and nullify the player option by offering him more for 15 and beyond. If he had any sense he’d walk those comments back and hit free agency with an eye on signing anywhere but KC

    • 18thstreet - Aug 24, 2014 at 9:22 AM

      What if he likes Kansas City?

  6. vols84 - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Not sure if some of you haven’t checked the standings, but the royals are in first. Gordon has been a lifelong royals fan and his home is just 3 hours up the road.

    • clydeserra - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:14 PM


      He commutes 6 hours a day?

  7. slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:43 AM

    Maybe he knows he is on a playoff team who will continue to be a playoff team.

    My guess. Maybe Ellesbury money in 16.

  8. baberuthslegs - Aug 24, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    I think he’s betting on an extension from the team he loves and wants to stay in the city where he has a home.

  9. jc4455 - Aug 24, 2014 at 10:57 AM

    It’s fine to love KC and want to stay there. It’s certifiable to transfer millions of dollars to a billionaire former CEO of Wal-Mart when you could just as easily capture those funds and do something useful with them (charitable or otherwise).

    I’m sure someone will talk some sense into this guy before he does anything foolish.

  10. mashoaf - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Watch out for optioning in. KC will hold his arbitration rights and no team will touch him.

  11. nobody78 - Aug 24, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Two observations:

    a) This is great for KC.

    b) BEN ZOBRIST! What a fine and under-appreciated player.

  12. randomjoeblow - Aug 24, 2014 at 5:46 PM

    It seems like loving where you play and having tens of millions of dollars in the bank is good enough for Alex Gordon, but not for some fans?

  13. timmons94 - Aug 24, 2014 at 6:03 PM

    I absolutely love Alex Gordon…Plays the game the right way…u won’t find a better fielder or base runner….Gordon is a class act, does great charity work…I have steered my kids his way, they both love Alex….

    the Royals can win it all. not saying they will, but they have the talent…that bullpen is awesome..

    anyone who has never been to the K, go…best stadium in sports

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