The 31-year-old Nebraska product is not technically a free agent just yet, but Gordon is expected to opt-out of his 2016 option year. While Gordon does not really do any one thing spectacularly, he could be the missing piece for an Orioles team that struggled to reach base in 2015. After losing Nick Markakis and Nelson Cruz prior to the start of the season, the Orioles deployed what was arguably the worst left and right field combination in the league — even after the Gerardo Parra trade.
Gordon is a similar player to Markakis — a real glue guy. He will not hit 40 homers or drive in 125 runs, but he will reach base consistently, hit 20 homers and 40 doubles in the right park. Basically, Gordon would be Markakis before he lost his power stroke.
The Royals may not be willing to go more than four years for Gordon to avoid being locked into him when the big guns like Eric Hosmer, Lorenzo Cain, and Mike Moustakas hit free agency. That’s where the Orioles could pounce with a four-year deal worth $55-60 million. That’s the type of contract that could allow the Orioles to apply the extra $60 million they were planning to spend on Davis to a starting pitcher like Jordan Zimmermann.
The only thing left to be determined is whether or not Gordon really wants to leave the Midwest. If I were a betting man, I would expect Gordon to stay right where he is in Kansas City.