Alex Gordon appeared at a recent event in Omaha to provide baseball instruction to children and took time to state there was "no truth" to recent reports alleging was "no chance" he would re-sign with the Royals as things currently stood.
According to the Lincoln-Journal Star, Gordon said the free agency experience was "frustrating and exciting", saying he hoped to sign soon. Talking with the Omaha World-Herald, Gordon said the Royals were "still in the mix" for his services, adding.
"I know what’s going on behind the scenes, and I’m dealing with it the best I can." Gordon said the free-agent experience hasn’t been nerve-racking but added the timeline has been a little surprising.
"I thought it would have been done by now," he said, "but I’m a pretty laid-back guy, so I’m not letting it stress me out."
Gordon said he has enjoyed his time in Kansas City, but indicated to the Lincoln Journal-Star it was his agent, Casey Close, who was leading negotiations.
"We had so much fun, and to be around to see a team grow like Kansas City did and win the World Series was unbelievable," he said.
"Right now I'm unemployed and I pay an agent 4 percent to make the calls, take the calls and let me know what's going on," said Gordon, considered one of the top-producing outfielders in the major leagues and certainly among the elite defensively.
Gordon has been reportedly been low-balled by the Royals, with some believing the offer to be as low as four years, $50 million. Gordon had reportedly been seeking a five year, $100 million deal, leaving a wide gap in negotiations. The Giants, Cardinals, Angels, Orioles, and White Sox were said to be pursuing him, although indications are the Giants, Cardinals, and Angels have all dropped out of the running.
Alex Gordon is coming off his third consecutive All-Star season in which he hit .271/.377/.432 in 422 plate appearances. By WAR, he is coming off the best five-year stretch in Royals history outside of George Brett. He is also coming off a major groin injury and will turn 32 in February. The Royals are said to be reluctant about signing an older player to a long-term deal and are hopeful the market for Gordon could fall, leading him to come back at a reduced price.