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Royals, Gordon Agree on 1-Year, $4.7M Deal

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Just in time for Spring Training, the Kansas City Royals and Alex Gordon reached an agreement on an one-year contract.

The new deal, worth a reported $4.7 million, is a big raise from the $1.4 million Gordon earned in 2011, and means that the team will avoid arbitration with the soon-to-be 28-year-old .

Gordon had a break-out season in 2011, setting career highs in batting average (.303), RBI’s (87), runs scored (101) and home runs (23).

The Royals say that they remain committed to signing Gordon to a long-term contract.

“We’re going to work very hard to get all our good players signed long-term,” Royals general manager Dayton Moore told the Associated Press on Thursday. “We’re always open to it, as long as it’s not a distraction. The important thing is Alex — which he always is, is that Alex is prepared.”

Royals spring training is set to begin on February 20th, when pitchers and catchers are due to report to the team’s training complex in Surprise, Arizona.

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