Report: ‘Decent chance’ Royals lose Alex Gordon in free agency

Alex Gordon could very well be moving on from the Royals.
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By Grey Papke

The Kansas City Royals may well lose Alex Gordon to free agency, with the team unwilling to give him the five-year deal he’ll likely find elsewhere.

CBS Sports’s Jon Heyman reports in his latest Inside Baseball roundup that there is a “decent chance” that Gordon doesn’t return to the team, citing the fact that the team would prefer a three year deal, while Gordon should have no trouble getting five years on the open market. Gordon is coming off a team-friendly deal, and the 31-year-old is poised for his first and possibly only big long-term payday in free agency, so he’s unlikely to compromise.

Gordon is considered one of baseball’s premier left fielders, so it would be a huge loss for the World Series champion Royals if they can’t retain him, but they simply may not have the financial flexibility to pull it off.

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