KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Coming off a year when Alex Gordon played in 150 games, the Kansas City Royals plan to decline the outfielder's $23 million option, according to a report.
MLB Network reporter Jon Heyman tweeted Thursday the team plans to buy out Gordon’s contract for $4 million and attempt to bring him back at a lower cost.
KC Royals will decline Alex Gordon’s $23M option, buy him out for $4M and hope to bring him back at a rate that makes sense.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) October 31, 2019
Gordon, 35, batted .266 in 2019, earning the third-highest mark on the team.
He has played in 13 Major League seasons — all with the Royals. He’s earned six Gold Glove awards for his outfield defense. He has also made the All-Star team three times.
He was the Royals’ starting left fielder in the 2014 and 2015 World Series, which the team won in 2015.