Royals Offseason: Alex Gordon Close To Agreement On One-Year Deal, According To Report

The Kansas City Royals and left fielder Alex Gordon could be close to avoiding arbitration and agreeing on a one-year contract.

According to a report by the Kansas City Star, the Kansas City Royals are closing in on a one-year deal for left fielder Alex Gordon which would cancel a scheduled arbitration hearing for later this month.

Gordon was asking for $5.45 million in arbitration while the Royals had countered for $4.15 million. Gordon hit .303 last season and led the Royals with 23 home runs and a .502 slugging percentage. He also scored a career high 101 runs and had 87 RBIs while making $1.4 million.

The expected contract should fall somewhere between the asking price of Gordon and the club. If they are able to avoid arbitration, it will keep a streak alive for the Royals of having never gone to a hearing since general manager Dayton Moore joined the club in 2006.

Negotiations on a long term deal are expected to begin again once the one-year agreement has been reached.

For more on Alex Gordon and the Kansas City Royals be sure to check out Royals Review. For more news and analysis on Major League Baseball head on over to SB Nation's MLB page Baseball Nation.

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