On Friday evening the Kansas City Royals announced they have come to an agreement on a four-year contract extension with left fielder Alex Gordon. The contract includes a player option for a fifth season.
Gordon, the second overall pick in the 2007 MLB Draft, finally came out his shell last season and put together a career year in which he hit .303/.376/.502 with 23 home runs and 87 RBI. According to Fangraphs, Gordon was a $31.3 million player last season, but more importantly he was worth 6.9 wins to the club.
At age 28, Gordon will now be spending the prime seasons of his career with the team at Kauffman Stadium. With the recent signing of Salvador Perez, the Royals are continuing to put pieces together to keep a core group of players together for the future. However the biggest piece of the pie remaining on the Royals plate is that of first basemen Eric Hosmer.
Financials of the contract are four years for $37.5 million, with 2016 (the player option year) being $12.5 million. Gordon will earn $6 million this season, $9 million next year, $10 million in 2014 and $12.5 million in 2015.
On the surface is appears the Royals have done well folks, with both the signing and the money involved.
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