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Robert Ford came to 610 Sports Radio in 2009 as the station’s “Royals Insider.”  He currently serves as the pre and post game show host for Royals Broadcasts on 610.  The Syracuse graduate has been around professional baseball as a reporter and broadcaster for over a decade.

Royals Spring Training Report for Fri, 3/30

Today, the Royals announced they signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a long-term deal, paying him $37.5 million over four years, with a player option for $12.5 million for a fifth season. Gordon is the third player the Royals have locked up long-term this spring, joining catcher Salvador Perez and shortstop Alcides Escobar, but I think Gordon’s deal is the most significant of the three. Perez and Escobar didn’t get big signing bonuses, came from Venezuela where baseball talent tends to be less expensive and they weren’t very close to free agency; it’s easier for some to be dismissive about those signings and what they mean about the Royals’ commitment to winning. Gordon got a $4 million signing bonus as the second overall pick of the 2005 draft and was due to make nearly $5 million this year. Plus, Gordon was eligible for free agency after the 2013 season. Gordon made it clear he wanted to stay with the Royals and it was only a matter of coming to terms. I’d estimated Gordon would get about $8-$10 million a year, and this contract falls right in line with that figure.
There are legitimate questions about the wisdom of locking up Gordon long term. After all, 2012 was his first solid season and one of the few in which he was able to stay healthy. But, watching Gordon as much as I have, I’m not worried about any sort of letdown. For one, there have never been questions about Gordon’s work ethic, even when he was struggling; his past production issues were tied more to his inability to make adjustments. I think Gordon finally found an approach that worked for him last year and he showed the ability to adjust to how he was being pitched and the ability to take the ball the other way. Also, Gordon’s 28 years old, which is right about when most athletes start hitting their prime. I think locking up Gordon was a great move by the Royals and gives the clearest indication yet that they want to keep their best players in Kansas City.

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03/31/2012 5:05PM
Royals Spring Training Report for Fri, 3/30
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