What were some reactions to the Alex Gordon signing?
Sam Mellinger writes that Alex Gordon has cemented his legacy.
The blue "4" will go on the front of the Royals Hall of Fame building in left field, separated by a few dozen rows of seats and the padded wall from where Alex Gordon rebuilt his career and helped push the franchise of his life to the top of baseball. They’ll probably build a statue, too, with him either diving for a catch while blowing a bubble or maybe the point as he rounded first base after his homer in the bottom of the ninth of World Series Game 1 last year.
Speaking of that, the statue should probably go up where that ball landed, deep center field, in front of the scoreboard. The Royals’ — and, really, Kansas City’s — remarkable professional sports win streak continued this week when they agreed to a four-year, $72 million contract with the man they’ve called the perfect baseball player.
Jeff Sullivan sees the deal as a big win for the Royals.
The last four years, Gordon has been an outfielder worth 18.6 WAR. Over the last 30 years, there have been 23 outfielders worth something within 2.5 wins of that between the ages of 28-31. Between 32-35, those same outfielders averaged 12.5 WAR. These are just the simplest possible Gordon comps, but if you projected Gordon to be worth 12.5 WAR over the next four years, you’d expect him to sign a contract worth about $100 million. You see the value right there. Gordon might not age as well as Jim Edmonds, but he doesn’t need to come even close to that....
Rian Watt at Baseball Prospectus agrees.
That’s not to say that, from the Royals’ perspective, this is a deal justifiable only by sentiment and nostalgia. Quite the contrary, in fact: this deal makes the Royals better today, tomorrow, and for a passel of tomorrows to come. Putting aside the production that the team can expect over the next four years—PECOTA thinks it’ll be about 11 wins, all told—the structure of the contract (it’s reportedly heavily backloaded) will allow the team to expend additional resources in 2016 and 2017 to supplement a core that’s already produced two pennants and a title in three years of honest contention. You can call it spending at the right part of the win curve, if you like, or you can call it stepping on the neck of your opponent when he’s already down on the ground. It’s the same thing in the end. The Royals were already good, and this deal makes them better.
Nicholas Stellini at Beyond the Boxscore says it was a move the Royals had to make.
Letting Gordon go elsewhere would have been a true bodyblow to the fans' morale, and the calls for Glass' head would get louder and louder once more, with feeling. The very same disappointment currently felt by Mets fans for letting Yoenis Cespedes walk away would start to take root in the stands at Kauffman Stadium. It's the last thing that a team wants to do to a fanbase still high with victory and the feeling of the Commissioner's Trophy still on their fingertips, the breathless wonder of that day at the parade still fresh in their collective memory.
David Schoenfield at ESPN writes the Royals are the favorites to repeat as division champs now.
Yes, the Royals have a hole at second base -- expect Christian Colon to get that job over the decaying Omar Infante -- and the rotation has potential issues if Kris Medlen and/or Danny Duffy struggle or fail to deliver bulk innings. Overall depth is certainly a concern. But it seems as though once again the computers are underestimating this club. It's going to be the same Royals team we've learned to appreciate: The great bullpen, the great defense and that Ned Yost magic. I do like the Indians, but bringing back Gordon makes the Royals the favorites in the AL Central.
Richard Justice of MLB.com writes that Alex is back where he belongs.
Alex Gordon wouldn't look right in another uniform. In the end, it couldn't be simpler than that. He represents everything the Kansas City Royals have become and everything they can still be. Gordon wouldn't be as beloved or as respected anyplace else. He just wouldn't. So the news that Gordon has agreed to a new contract with the Royals feels right. He'll be 32 on Opening Day, and after spending all nine of his Major League seasons with one franchise, there's a decent chance he'll never play for another team.
Craig Brown thinks Alex Gordon is the face of the Royals for a new generation.
In the glory years of the early days of the franchise, the Royals had a pair of icons. George Brett and Frank White won titles and played their whole careers in Kansas City. They created a legacy that remains to this day. It I s something I’m certain the younger generation tired of hearing about, but there presence has been vitally important to the team and the city. Now, we have a new generation that has been privileged to celebrate winning a title. We just needed to find an icon to make it complete. To give this team it’s forever identity. To build a legacy. Today, Alex Gordon is truly Forever Royal.
David Lesky at Pine Tar Press can't help but smile.
He keeps himself in such amazing shape that he theoretically should be able to fight off Father Time a little bit longer than many. He also has a hitting profile that tends to age pretty well. He has a great eye and his gap power should remain for at least a few more seasons. His defense may fall off a bit as he ages, but the Royals will be in need of a first baseman following the 2017 season, so there’s always that for Alex. In all, this contract was both necessary for the 2016/2017 Royals and good for them, which should be they key focus. This Royals team could be considered a dynasty if they can do it one or two more times. Alex Gordon helps to make that happen. I love this deal.
Apparently the White Sox would not go four years.
What does this mean for the future for the Royals?
Wonder how much of the Gordon deal relates to KC being realistic about extending Hosmer, Cain, Moustakas, Davis, Escobar. The window is now.— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughStar) January 6, 2016
Andy was also skeptical Gordon took a "hometown discount."
McCullough on Gordon's contract- "I think he may have taken the best offer on the table. I don't think it was a hometown discount" #TheDrive— 610 Sports Radio- KC (@610SportsKC) January 6, 2016
Baseball commentators thought it was a great deal for the Royals.
4/70ish for Gordon is a fantastic deal for the Royals.— David Cameron (@DCameronFG) January 6, 2016
Alex Gordon has 31.8 bWAR. He needs 15.6 bWAR to pass Kevin Appier as the 2nd-best Royal ever. He has 19.9 bWAR over the *past* 4 years.— Rany Jazayerli (@jazayerli) January 6, 2016
Considering Royals could lose Hosmer, Cain, Davis, Moustakas and Escobar to free agency after 2017, signing Alex Gordon was the right move.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) January 6, 2016
Good on Royals to bring Gordon back at 4/72. 4/50 was silly season, of course, but this is fair and a little under the 80 ZiPS thought.— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 6, 2016
ZiPS for Gordon in KC (earlier figure was for neutral park, ZiPS has Gordon at 4/71.7 in KC). pic.twitter.com/OXWKTg5jp4— Dan Szymborski (@DSzymborski) January 6, 2016
Gordon's injury might have cost him $30 million, and there's risk in any vet deal like this, but it's for both sides.— MJK (@devil_fingers) January 6, 2016
The Royals actually paid a player. I'm so proud of them. Honestly. They're acting like a big league franchise. Very encouraging direction.— TJ Carpenter (@TJCarpenterWHB) January 6, 2016
Of course, there were some detractors.
Will have made $113 million career at the end of this deal. Career: 269/.348/.435. A .222 postseason average. https://t.co/UTWqGujd0I— John Buccigross (@Buccigross) January 6, 2016
Alex's teammates were happy for him.
More Danny Duffy on Alex Gordon coming back: "I bet there's about a gazillion fans in the Midwest pretty happy right now." #Royals— Jeffrey Flanagan (@FlannyMLB) January 6, 2016
Christian Colon (@C24Colon) January 6, 2016
Would like to welcome back our captain to royals nation!!! Welcome back!!!— Mike Moustakas (@Mooose_8) January 7, 2016
Royals Nation is Gordon Nation once again. #ForeverRoyal— Jeremy Guthrie (@TheRealJGuts) January 6, 2016
Got my gordo nation shirt on in honor of the best left fielder in the game back where he belongs #royals— Drew Butera (@drewbutera) January 6, 2016
And fans rejoiced.
FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS! FOUR MORE YEARS!— NewYearSameMarissa (@marissatweeting) January 6, 2016