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Royals, Alex Gordon Close to 1-Year Deal

The Kansas City Royals are close to signing Alex Gordon to a 1-Year deal and will avoid arbitration, according to Bob Dutton of the Kansas City Star.

Dutton suggests the Royals are expected to continue talks with Gordon about a multi-year extension afterward, but (my speculation) a spendthrift team might be wary of the cost of that deal continuing upward as Gordon puts injuries and that almost-bust status further behind him.

Gordon, 27, has played 5 seasons with the Royals and maintains a career line of 262 / .343 / .434. 2009-2010 were both hard years for Gordon, playing barely 125 games combined while hitting .232 and .215. 2011 was his first 150+ game non-rookie season, and he hit .303 / .376 / .502 while picking up nearly 6 wins above replacement (that's top tier elite status, if you're counting at home).