It was never going to be a huge surprise if Alex Gordon ends staying in the American League Central this winter.
After all, the Kansas City Royals would certainly like to bring back the player who has helped them win back-to-back American League pennants and the 2015 World Series. If the Royals don’t sign him, he would be a perfect fit for the Detroit Tigers, who haven’t had a leftfielder since trading Yoenis Cespedes at this year’s trading deadline.
Now, though, it is the Chicago White Sox who are apparently considering adding Gordon to their roster. Chicago has already added some offense with the acquisition of Todd Frazier, and FOX’s Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday that they are looking at Gordon.
The move would give Chicago a left-handed bat, a Gold Glove outfielder and someone who is very familiar with the AL Central. It would also help the White Sox by taking an option away from Kansas City and Detroit.
The only question would be the cost. Gordon turns 32 just before spring training, and a five-year contract is likely to run well over $100 million. That would a significant move for the White Sox, who don’t have a single player signed for anything close to $20 million per season.
In the last three years, though, Gordon has hit .267/.348/.428 – a 113 OPS+ while playing outstanding defense and making three All-Star teams. He can hit 20 homers and steal double-digit bases when healthy, and while he was limited to 104 games this season by a groin injury, it isn’t anything that should cause problems down the road.