Wednesday’s roundup: Gordon re-signs with Royals
Kansas City, Mo. — All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon signed a four-year, $72 million deal Wednesday to remain with the World Series champion Kansas City Royals, the team that drafted him more than a decade ago.
Gordon will make $12 million this season, $16 million next and $20 million each of the following two years. The deal includes a $23 million mutual option for 2020 with a $4 million buyout. If he is traded, the option would be voided and the $4 million would become an assignment bonus.
The deal is the richest in franchise history, trumping $55 million agreements given to longtime first baseman Mike Sweeney and starting pitcher Gil Meche.
Gordon declined a $13.75 million option to test free agency, but several outfielders on the market — including Yoenis Cespedes and Justin Upton — may have depressed the 31-year-old’s value. And there is Gordon’s recent injury history that limited him to 104 games last season.
Gordon was to meet with reporters at Kauffman Stadium later Wednesday.
“We don’t want to get caught up in, ‘A player has earned this or earned that.’ It doesn’t matter if you’ve been here four days or 40 years, you have to produce each and every day,” general manager Dayton Moore said shortly after the World Series, when asked about signing Gordon long-term. “You’re going to be compensated for what you’re going to do, not what you’ve done.”
The second overall pick of the Royals in the 2005 amateur draft, Gordon went through years of growing pains before finally becoming a star. He has four Gold Gloves on his resume, and also has become a consistent hitter and clubhouse leader.
Gordon dealt with a wrist injury early last season, then sustained a serious groin injury that sidelined him much for the summer. He wound up playing in just 104 games, hitting .271 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs, though he did get voted to his third consecutive All-Star Game.
Around the horn
Former Tigers outfielder Rajai Davis, 35, is guaranteed $5.25 million as part of his contract with the Indians and can earn an additional $1,225,000 in performance bonuses. Davis has a .269 career average and 322 career steals.
... Free-agent first baseman Chris Carter, 29, signed a one-year, $2.5 million contract with the Brewers.
... Free-agent right-hander Brandon Beachy, 29, and the Dodgers have agreed to a one-year, $1.5 million contract.
... Second baseman Daniel Murphy’s three-year contract with the Nationals will cost the team only $8 million in 2016. In another deal finalized on Wednesday, infielder Stephen Drew got one year for $3 million.
... Former AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz, 27, who became a free agent after the Tigers failed to offer him a deal, and the Pirates have agreed to a one-year, $3.9 million contract.
... A person familiar with the negotiations says infielder Kelly Johnson and the Braves have agreed to a one-year, $2 million contract.
... The Dodgers are set to announce the signing of free-agent Japanese pitcher Kenta Maeda.
... Federal prosecutors have asked a Miami judge to reduce by more than a year the prison sentence being served by Anthony Bosch, the former owner of a clinic that supplied banned substances to baseball players including Yankees star Alex Rodriguez.