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Report: Royals won’t pick up $23M option on Alex Gordon

Posted: 4:08 PM, Oct 31, 2019
Updated: 2019-10-31 17:08:28-04
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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.

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.