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Royals Sign Alex Gordon To A One-Year Deal

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KANSAS CITY, MO — The Royals announced today that the club has signed outfielder Alex Gordon to a one-year contract for the 2020 season. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed. In a corresponding move, right-handed pitcher Heath Fillmyer has been designated for assignment.

Gordon, 35, won his seventh Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2019, one behind Frank White for the most in franchise history. He committed just one error in 146 games in the outfield, posting a .996 fielding percentage, while collecting seven outfield assists, tying him for third among Major League left fielders. Offensively, he batted .266 (148-for-556) with 31 doubles, 13 homers and 76 RBIs and led the American League being hit-by-pitch 19 times. The left-handed hitter batted an even .300 (33-for-110) with a .398 on-base percentage over his last 32 games of the season (Aug. 20 through the end of the season).

Along with being a seven-time Rawlings Gold Glove winner, he’s a three-time All-Star (2013-15), a three-time Wilson Defensive Player of the Year (2014, 2017-18), and was named the Rawlings Platinum Glove Award winner in 2014.

Gordon completed his 13th Major League campaign in 2019, all with Kansas City. He ranks among the Royals’ all-time top 10 in several categories, including first in hit-by-pitches (118), third in walks (666), fourth in homers (186), fifth in doubles (353) and sixth in hits (1609), runs scored (852) and RBIs (738). He’s one of three positions players to play 13 seasons or more with the Royals, joining George Brett (21 years) and White (18). Since moving to the outfield in 2010, Gordon’s 98 career outfield assists are tied for the most in the Major Leagues.

A native of Lincoln, Neb., Alex currently resides in Leawood, Kan., with his wife, Jamie, and children, Max, Sam and Joey.

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