Welcome to the Gordon-palooza, in which we avoid the Gordon-pocalypse.
- Royals, Alex Gordon Close to 1-Year Deal - MLB Daily Dish
- Gordon, Royals appear close on one-year deal - KansasCity.com
According to Dutton, the two sides are a) working on a one-year deal for 2012 to avoid arbitration and b) setting up a longer contract. Here's the money quote:
The Royals are believed to have offered an overall four-year package for about $30 million, which would mirror the deal reached last year with designated hitter Billy Butler.
The Royals and Gordon can do the one-year dance for 2012 and 2013, but they presumably wouldn't want to do so, unless one of the parties truly wants out. It's tough to talk about a deal that hasn't been struck yet, but a 4/30 deal could be fair for both sides.