SURPRISE, Ariz. — Earlier this year, the Kansas City Royals announced that they signed Alex Gordon to a one-year contract worth $4 million for the 2020 season.
The seven-time Rawlings Gold Glove Award winner's contract was up at the end of the 2019 season, and it was unclear if Gordon would return to the Royals.
“You guys asked me a lot during the season what my thoughts were,” Gordon said to the media on Monday. “I was just trying to play out the season. Obviously losing a lot of games, so I didn’t want to really think about it, and just going through the grind, so I didn’t really put focus on it until the last two weeks of the season.”
Gordon said he still had the desire to compete, so the decision to stay was a simple one.
“I still have the itch and still love to play the game and love my teammates here and the clubhouse, so it was kind of a no-brainer to come back again,” Gordon said.
When asked about taking a paycut, Gordon said he doesn’t do it for the money.
“That’s not why I play this game," he said. "I play this game because I love it. I love competing. I love being with my teammates. I didn’t come back here to make more money. I came back here to be a part of a winner and hopefully turn this organization back around to where it was.”