Royals told they have 'no chance' to re-sign Gordon as things stand

The Royals have been told by Alex Gordon's camp that, as things currently stand, they have "no chance" to retain star left fielder Alex Gordon, sources said. Things obviously can change in free agency, but it's clear at this point that there's at least a wide gap in talks regarding the longtime Royals outfielder.

So it's no surprise, the World Series champion Royals are now looking around at other outfield possibilities, with Denard Span, Austin Jackson, Gerardo Parra, their own free agent Alex Rios and others on their list.

The Royals are said to have made a four-year offer to Gordon, which Jim Bowden of ESPN pegged at "$12 million to $13 million" per year. Gordon is believed to be seeking closer to $20 million a  year and has drawn reported interested from the Orioles, Cardinals, Angels and Giants, among others. Gordon, a home-grown Royal and Nebraska native, took a hometown discount in signing a four-year deal with the Royals four years ago but doesn't appear as interested in such a deal this time.

Kansas City actually has two free agent outfielders (Gordon and Rios), but it could fill one of the spots with perennial fourth outfielder Jarrod Dyson and other in-house options potentially.

Kansas City is also looking closely at several free-agent starting pitching options. Wei-Yin Chen appears to top their list, but they aren't prepared to go to six years or pay $100 million on a five-year deal, as he's been reported to be seeking by Roch Kubatko of MASN in Baltimore.

The Royals also like Yovani Gallardo, Scott Kazmir and Ian Kennedy, and have been talking to them, as well, as they aim to sign one free-agent starter after re-signing their own Chris Young and adding Dillon Gee on a minor-league deal.

Alex Gordon
Alex Gordon's chances of returning to Kansas City appear to be slim at the moment. (USATSI)
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