Report: Cubs likely to target Alex Gordon in free agency

Right around the time of the World Series we start to hear about who teams could potentially target in free agency and this year has been no different. A player that has been mentioned quite a bit in rumors recently is Kansas City Royals outfielder Alex Gordon, who should have an active market in free agency.

One team that is likely to pursue Gordon in free agency: The Chicago Cubs.

In an interview on The Score in Chicago, Peter Gammons of mentioned the possibility of Gordon wearing a Cubs uniform next season, via Brett Taylor of

“I’ve heard a lot about them possibly going after Alex Gordon, who would give them a very stable presence in the order [with] all the young kids, and also a great defender – the best left fielder in the game.”

Gordon, 31, has established himself as one of the best left fielders in baseball, as Gammons said, and he would be a significant upgrade in the outfield for the Cubs.

One problem with pursuing Gordon is that the Cubs may miss out on re-signing Dexter Fowler, who like Gordon, is a free agent in the offseason. It is no secret that the Cubs would like to improve their pitching staff as well this offseason and adding a top-tier pitcher along with a player like Gordon could very well mean that re-signing Fowler is no longer possible, unless he is willing to take a pay cut to stay with the Cubs.

What is Gordon’s value in free agency? Joel Sherman of the New York Post believes that even with the draft pick compensation tied to him, he could get five-years, $75+ million.

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