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Report: Royals won’t pick up $23M option on Alex Gordon

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Coming off a year when Alex Gordon played in 150 games, the Kansas City Royals plan to decline the outfielder’s $23 million option, according to a report.

MLB Network reporter Jon Heyman tweeted Thursday the team plans to buy out Gordon’s contract for $4 million and attempt to bring him back at a lower cost.

Given his last four seasons, we can’t say that this is a surprise by any means….

QLE Posted: November 01, 2019 at 12:45 AM | 13 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: alex gordon, options, royals

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   1. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2019 at 02:59 PM (#5897856)
I could have told you four years ago they weren't going to exercise a $23M option.
   2. Mike Webber Posted: November 01, 2019 at 03:09 PM (#5897859)
Did you see this AG#1?

51. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: May 14, 2010 at 01:33 AM (#3532256)

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I guess I like that Yost was at best, good at handling/developing handling young players, and at worst, didn't get in the way enough to still manage them to become a winning team. If the Royals have to fire him two weeks before winning the division title, that would be a huge improvement.

He burns out the pen - but every fanbase in America hates the way their manager handles the pen.

My guess is Yost isn't that great of a manager, but isn't that bad either. So it probably doesn't matter until Dayton gets better players Dayton is fired.
   3. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: November 01, 2019 at 04:02 PM (#5897883)
You cut off the best part when I said "oh yea, and they'll probably have a losing record in July some year and I'll call for him to be fired, then they'll go on an amazing two-year run where they have the most inexplicable win in Wild Card history, then win two pennants and a championship."
   4. SoSH U at work Posted: November 01, 2019 at 04:32 PM (#5897894)
Gordon could very well accept the buyout and come back at a lower cost, right? It seems he doesn't have much interest in playing anywhere else.

   5. Walt Davis Posted: November 01, 2019 at 07:08 PM (#5897957)
Oof. He got off to a nice start and I guess I stopped paying attention because he really fell off. Still a solid 860ish OPS in early June, he hit just 254/331/326 over his last 372 PA with just 3 HR. A 72 ISO in a half-season in the year of the rabbit ball? The defense might finally be gone too (+1 Rfield this year). I'm not sure he'll get more than an NRI this year although he's probably at least as good as Gerardo Parra and he keeps getting contracts.
   6. Walt Davis Posted: November 01, 2019 at 10:12 PM (#5897985)
Gordon could very well accept the buyout and come back at a lower cost, right? It seems he doesn't have much interest in playing anywhere else.

He doesn't have to "accept" the buyout, it's automatic. And sure, this makes him an FA and he can sign with whoever he wants for whatever he can get. The Royals bringing him back for a couple million to be the wise old fart makes sense. Or if he has interest in it, give him a coaching/FO spot somewhere.

This one doesn't look good on my FA prognostication ledger. This looked like a very solid deal from the Royals' perspective. He had been injured in 2015 but came back to play the final month so presumably was healthy. He was getting old of course but 14 WAR over the previous 3 years, athletic, solid secondary value looked like a pretty good bet. Over 4 years, 5 WAR, -3 WAA -- not good value.

Anybody remember what the injury was? Cuz in retrospect it looks like it might have been career-altering. That Sept he hit just 250/327/365 (and that was after a hot first week) which is basically what he hit for the next 4 years.
   7. SoSH U at work Posted: November 01, 2019 at 10:24 PM (#5897989)
He doesn't have to "accept" the buyout, it's automatic.


Sure, but that kind of misses the actual point. From what I've seen elsewhere, Gordon isn't really interested in playing anywhere else, so coming back at a lower cost (which is his option) is something that very well could happen, whereas it probably isn't likely in most cases like this.
   8. RJ in TO Posted: November 01, 2019 at 10:31 PM (#5897990)
Anybody remember what the injury was? Cuz in retrospect it looks like it might have been career-altering.
On July 8, against the Tampa Bay Rays, Gordon was injured attempting to chase down a fly ball by Logan Forsythe, which resulted in an inside-the-park homerun as Gordon could not get back up. After being carted off the field, he was diagnosed with a left groin strain and placed on the 15-Day DL, and was projected to be out six to eight weeks. Gordon had just come off a 7-hit double header the night before against the Rays (tying the Royals record for most hits in a double header), hitting a double and a homerun. On September 2, Gordon was activated from the DL and went 2-for-3, with an RBI and run scored against the Detroit Tigers.
Also, Walt, please don't call him a wise old fart, as it's hurtful to the 90% of the site membership that's significantly older than him
   9. QLE Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:29 AM (#5898428)
   10. Dock Ellis Posted: November 04, 2019 at 09:20 AM (#5898454)
Interesting that this may be the end for Alex Gordon, considering he just won a Gold Glove.
   11. PreservedFish Posted: November 04, 2019 at 09:43 AM (#5898460)
This was Gordon's best year in the last four. I don't see why he couldn't catch on somewhere as a Robbie Grossman type, if he were so inclined.
   12. Topher Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:14 PM (#5898495)
I think it's more likely that if Gordon's decline was injury related it came from when he collided with Mike Moustakas in 2016. Moustakas screwed up his knee and hobbled on it for the rest of the season. Gordon broke his wrist and his power never seemed to come back.
   13. Qufini Posted: November 04, 2019 at 12:54 PM (#5898516)
I don't think Gordon is done. He is still a useful player (1.4 WAR this year, 2.4 the year before) but he's not worth the $23 million he would have gotten if the Royals picked up his option. I could see several teams being interested in him, whether that's as a defensive option, a bridge veteran until a prospect is ready, or a fourth outfielder. I've read that the Royals are interested themselves if Gordon is willing to sign for less money (I wouldn't do it if I was Gordon but I can't speak for him). I could even see a rebuilding team offering him a short contract with the hope to flip him to a contender at the deadline (as the Orioles did with Andrew Cashner this past year). However, he probably didn't deserve a Gold Glove this year (+1 fielding runs) and won it more on past reputation (+12 and 13 in 2017 and '18).

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