Re-sign Alex Gordon
This one is a no-brainer. Alex Gordon is the face of the Kansas City Royals. The team announced on Thursday that Gordon unsurprisingly will receive a $15.8MM qualifying offer. Gordon is a sure lock reject that one-year-deal offer in order to search for a multi-year deal on the open market. The offer does however ensure that the Royals will get a compensatory pick in next year’s draft if Gordon does not return.
Gordon, who slashed .271/.377/.432 in 2015 is a fan favorite in KC and must be a priority for the Royals. Despite a groin injury in 2015, Gordon will be looking for something along the lines of five years, $90-100MM. If Gordon decides to walk, it will create a massive hole offensively and defensively. Sure, Jarrod Dyson and Paulo Orlando could fit in left field, but neither have Gordon’s strength at the plate. Gordon brings a strong on-base-percentage and is the answer for Kansas City in left field.
There is also talk that Dyson and Orlando will share time in right after the team declined an Alex Rios option on Thursday. This would force the Royals to replace Gordon by a trade or through free agency which is possible, but would be expensive.
Keeping Gordon makes the most sense for Kansas City. Yes they will have to pay him more than they have paid anyone, but the franchise is no longer in a rebuilding stage. It is in a winning stage, and it’s hard to cry poor when you pack The K every single night. If Gordon is re-signed, the core of the Royals, Eric Hosmer, Mike Moustakas, Salvador Perez and Gordon will be intact for at least the next two years.
Gordon is pricey for the Royals which could limit them in the future, but right now he needs to be a Royal.