KC Royals: Alex Gordon contract shaping up to be worst in team history

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The KC Royals announced on Tuesday that they were placing Alex Gordon on the disabled list with a left hip labral tear. It’s another strike against Gordon’s hefty contract.

When Alex Gordon hit the game tying home run in Game 1 of the 2015 World Series, he cemented his legacy for the Kansas City Royals. From that point on, the majority of Royals fans wanted to see the organization re-sign Gordon, even if it was more to pay him for his previous services as opposed to what he was going to do in the future.

Fast forward to two years later and the KC Royals are undoubtedly questioning their decision to ink Alex Gordon to the deal in which they gave him. It was a four-year deal worth $72 million and Gordon has not even come close to living up to the value of that contract.

In the first year, this being in the 2016 season, Gordon slashed just .220/.312/.380 in 445 at bats and struck out a career high 148 times. Fans didn’t think Gordon could sink any lower, but in 2017, he hit just .208 in 476 at bats.

Now, here we are in 2018, and after just seven games and 24 plate appearances, Alex Gordon has landed on the disabled list with a left hip labral tear. I’m not a doctor, but that doesn’t sound like an injury in which Gordon will be able to bounce back from and play the field any time soon.

We’re unsure of how long Gordon will be on the disabled list for, but even if he does return soon, it’s unlikely that he’ll be swinging the bat like he was before he signed this contract. If Gordon doesn’t return, then that makes this deal look even worse.

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The Kansas City Royals have their fair share of bad contracts, but with every day that passes, the Alex Gordon deal is becoming the worst the franchise has ever given out. It’s true that this contract was given to Gordon more to thank him for what he had done in the past (and for his amazing defense in the outfield), but this could really set the team back a lot.

Obviously we’re all hoping that Alex Gordon decides to be a nice guy and retire, but there’s very little chance that he does that. Would you give up $40 million? The answer, at least to most people, is no. Gordon is a nice guy, but I doubt he’s that generous.

Writing this post about how Alex Gordon’s four-year deal worth $72 million is the worst contract in KC Royals history sucks, but it’s becoming hard to argue against. He hasn’t hit more than .220 since becoming the highest paid Royal and now his injuries are starting to pile up.

There’s still time for Gordon to change this narrative, but he’s running out of time to make this contract worth the Royals’ money.