Left fielder Alex Gordon has spent his entire five-year career in the majors with the Kansas City Royals and the word is that he'll avoid arbitration with the team and be pulling on a Royals jersey for at least another year, if not more.
The Kansas City Star reports that Gordon and the Royals "appear close to an agreement … on a one-year contract that would eliminate the need for a Feb. 16 arbitration hearing." The paper notes that the two sides are expected to continue trying to work out a multiyear deal once a one-year contract is agreed upon.
The soon-to-be 28-year-old is aiming to make $5.45 million this season while the Royals said they'd like to pay him $4.15 million. Either way, it'll be a nice raise for a guy who got paid $1.4 million last year. For that cash, the Royals got a guy who batted .303, won a Gold Glove, scored 101 runs, hammered 23 homers, doubled 45 times and stole 17 bases.
Gordon was the second overall pick in the 2005 draft behind Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks.