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Even as his value rises, Royals’ Alex Gordon says he’ll delay free-agency

His agent has redirected all his bookmarks to FanGraphs…

[Alex Gordon] can become a free agent after next season, as long as he declines his $13.25 million player option for 2016… Gordon indicated he plans on picking up his 2016 option and delaying his free-agency…

The Star polled a group of big-league executives and talent evaluators to measure Gordon’s value. The consensus was he could command a five-year deal after 2015 worth somewhere between $75 million and $95 million…

Gordon himself is still coming to grips with his placement among the game’s elite. When a reporter mentioned certain metrics now considered Gordon as the most valuable player in baseball, he could not contain his smile.

“For you to say that just kind of shocks me,” he said.

“I think the whole MVP talks that I’ve heard in the last day is because we’re winning. That’s why it happens. If we were on a losing team, there’s no reason I would be in that kind of consideration, or anything like that. That’s what winning does. It brings accolades and all the good things with it.”

The District Attorney Posted: August 24, 2014 at 06:36 PM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex gordon, free agency, royals

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   1. Cargo Cultist Posted: August 24, 2014 at 08:03 PM (#4778279)
Good Lord, why?
   2. Harveys Wallbangers Posted: August 24, 2014 at 08:11 PM (#4778287)
alex is 30 and a lot of his value is centered on outfield defense

i am not confident that a long-term contract is in a team's interests.
   3. PreservedFish Posted: August 24, 2014 at 08:22 PM (#4778290)
Yeah, I don't get it. Seems kind of sweet and dopey on his part.
   4. PASTE does not get put on waivers in August Posted: August 24, 2014 at 08:29 PM (#4778291)
I'd be happy to bet at even odds that, if Gordon is healthy and productive in 2015, he will in fact decline the option.
   5. Most doorknobs are on the right side of the doors Posted: August 24, 2014 at 08:37 PM (#4778296)
This reads more along the lines of Gordon not wanting to have his contract status take away from what his team is doing right now and deflecting a question that would otherwise keep coming up.

Or maybe he has more money than he needs, digs playing for the Royals, and will worry about 2017 when it gets here.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: August 24, 2014 at 10:26 PM (#4778343)

i am not confident that a long-term contract is in a team's interests.

He's not exactly a slouch with the bat. He's averaged 3.6 oWAR the last four seasons (.287/.357/.458). By contrast, Hunter Pence averaged 3.0 oWAR in the four seasons running up to the Giants giving him 5/$90 mill (.282/.340/.464).

Gordon did grow up a Royals fan, his brother was named after George Brett, so it wouldn't be totally shocking if he wanted to show some loyalty, especially after they stuck with him. My guess is his angle here is to show fans he is willing to stay, to pressure management to make him a reasonable long-term deal.

EDIT: Forgot Pence signed an extension with San Fran, not a FA contract, and it was in 2013. He hit .283/.338/.468 and averaged 3.7 oWAR from 2010-2013.
   7. Walt Davis Posted: August 25, 2014 at 12:31 AM (#4778367)
Glad to hear it chummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm ...

   8. shoelesjoe Posted: August 25, 2014 at 12:54 AM (#4778371)
The Star polled a group of big-league executives and talent evaluators to measure Gordon’s value. The consensus was he could command a five-year deal after 2015 worth somewhere between $75 million and $95 million…

If Gordon puts up similar numbers in 2015 to what he has this year he'll be fielding offers significantly higher than 5/95. I'd think the Yankees would open at around 6/140, and would have no problem going higher if it became a bidding war.
   9. Joyful Calculus Instructor Posted: August 25, 2014 at 02:18 AM (#4778381)
Yeah, even if he doesn't want to go through the free agency process, he'll demand a raise on the player option or threaten to opt out when the time comes.
   10. Jose Bautista Bobblehead Day Posted: August 25, 2014 at 10:26 AM (#4778471)
If you think Gordon is a 6 WAR player right now and that he'll decline at 1 WAR per year, then 6/140 is market value for him (crazy as it sounds).
   11. Walt Davis Posted: August 25, 2014 at 05:18 PM (#4778940)
#8, #10 ... I'd like to introduce you to Carl Crawford. :-)

The Yanks and Gordon aren't a particularly good fit. Pushes Gardner to RF ... OK but not ideal.
   12. shoelesjoe Posted: August 25, 2014 at 06:43 PM (#4778973)
The Yankees just signed 30 year old Jacoby Ellsbury to 7/153, and he's got about the same WAR for his whole career as Gordon has in the last four seasons. And something tells me NY could manage to fit in a gold glove outfielder with Gordon's production no problemo, Gardner or no.
   13. Buck Coats Posted: August 25, 2014 at 08:18 PM (#4779011)
Also, surely Gordon has the arm to play RF, with 54 outfield assists since 2012

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