#5 Alex Gordon (OF) Kansas City Royals
The offseason for the Royals All-Star right fielder could get a little complicated. Gordon has a rare player option for the 2016 season at $12.5 million dollars. That is less than what he would make annually on the open market, but I’m sure he understands they have a great thing going in KC and won’t want to leave.
Fact is, on the open market Gordon could command anywhere from $15 to $20 million dollars. Gordon brings a rare combination of Gold Glove defense and solid hitting with him. Since he move from third base, Gordon has been a terror in the outfield. He missed some time this season, but still hit .271 with 13 homers and 48 RBI’s in 104 games. His OBP was a .377 so he gets on base for his team.
The 32-year-old outfielder has played in the Major Leagues for nine seasons. He has a career .269 average with 134 home runs and 523 RBIs. He has amassed a WAR number of 31.8 in his nine years in Kansas City. The lifetime Royal will have a hard time leaving the team, but ultimately he will do what’s best for him and his family.
Expect Gordon to be highly sought after. He is not a superstar by any means, but he is a great complimentary player. His defense alone will save you two to four games a year. He has won four consecutive Gold Gloves from 2010-2014. Once the World Series has completed, the talented right fielder will have a big decision to make. Odds are he will test the open market.
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