OF Alex Gordon has agreed to re-sign with the Kansas City Royals, according to Bleacher Report.
The deal is for $72 million over four years. This will make Gordon’s deal the largest in KC history, surpassing Gil Meche and Mike Sweeney at $55 million over five years.
Gordon’s salary breakdown reportedly includes a much lower salary for the first season, allowing the Royals to continue to make moves this offseason to improve the ball club. They’re still in the market for a starting pitcher, as they’ve been listed as one of the frontrunners on Yovani Gallardo. This might also allow them to give Salvador Perez a much needed salary raise to stay on good terms with their All-Star catcher
The Angels and White Sox were also known to be interested in the outfielder’s services. The White Sox reportedly would not go beyond three years to Gordon, which prompted KC to swoop in and re-sign the Gold Glover. It was a smart move for the Royals, considering that several players from their core are in line to enter free agency after the 2017 season: Mike Moustakas, Lorenzo Cain, Eric Hosmer, Wade Davis, and Alcides Escobar.