Today, the Kansas City Royals have announced that they have resigned free agent left fielder Alex Gordon:
— Kansas City Royals (@Royals) January 6, 2016
Contract details provided by FoxSports’ Ken Rosenthal seem to indicate that Gordon took something of a hometown discount to stay with the team that initially drafted him: the deal is worth four years and $72 million, including a relatively low price of $12 million for the 2016 season. MLB.com Royals reporter Jeffrey Flanagan provides the complete contract structure, which includes a $23 million mutual option for the 2020 season. If that option is picked up, this contract will pay out Gordon five years and $91 million.
Over the last five seasons, Gordon has provided significantly more value than any other left fielder, more than five Wins Above Replacement better than Ryan Braun and Bryce Harper. Still, for 2016, Gordon will just be the seventh-highest-paid left-fielder, trailing Brett Gardner, Melky Cabrera, Colby Rasmus, Matt Holliday, Carl Crawford, and leader Hanley Ramirez.
Gordon was selected by the Royals with the second overall pick of the 2005 Draft, or just behind current free agent Justin Upton. This means that Gordon is one of the few Royals on the 2015 World Series-winning roster whose tenure with the club actually precedes that of General Manager Dayton Moore, who was hired just after the 2006 Draft.