The Kansas City Royals reached an agreement with left fielder Alex Gordon on a reported one-year, $4.8 million dollar deal. Gordon hit .303 last season with 23 home runs and 87 RBIs for the Royals. By agreeing to the one-year deal, the Royals and Gordon avoid having to go to an arbitration hearing.
Initially Gordon had requested a salary of $5.45 million in arbitration while the Royals were offering $4.15 million. The two sides found some middle ground on the $4.8 million figure. With a one-year deal now done, the two sides are expected to continue working on a long-term deal.
Royals GM Dayton Moore has never had a player go to an arbitration hearing since arriving with the Royals in June of 2006.