The Kansas City Royals have agreed to re-sign the face of their franchise, outfielder Alex Gordon according to Jeffrey Flanagan of MLB.com.
According to sources, Alex Gordon and the #Royals have agreed to a mult-year deal, pending physical. Announcement likely today
— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) January 6, 2016
Gordon, 32 in February, will receive a contract of four years, $72 million according to Jon Heyman. The deal surpasses Gil Meche’s contract of five years, $55 million as the largest contract in franchise history.
Gordon agrees to 4 year $72M deal with royals
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) January 6, 2016
The Lincoln, Nebraska native has spent his entire career with Kansas City after they selected him second overall in 2005 out of the University of Nebraska. Drafted as a third baseman, many people labeled him as “the next George Brett” but he struggled until a position change to the outfield in 2011. Since then, Gordon has made three All-Star appearances. He has posted a .281 average with 89 home runs, 362 RBI and a 121 OPS+ at the plate over that span but he has made himself into one of the best defensive outfielders in baseball over that period as he is the owner of four Gold Gloves and one Platinum Glove.
Many people felt that Gordon had priced himself out of Kansas City with his recent success, but the outfield market has been slow to develop this winter and the two sides were able to work something out. Gordon returns to the only place he knows and he will continue to add to his already strong legacy as one of the best players to ever wear a Kansas City Royals uniform.