We’ve heard rumblings that the Royals started getting tire-kicking calls on the newly demoted Alex Gordon this week before he’d even played his first game in Omaha. But the Royals have told everyone who called that they have no interest in trading their onetime No. 1 phenom.
For one thing, Gordon is still just 26 — younger than David Freese or Will Venable. So if this guy were still in the big leagues, he’d be their second-youngest position player, behind only Billy Butler.
For another thing, the Royals have him under control through at least 2013. And by 2012, they project having Mike Moustakas at third, Eric Hosmer at first and Butler as their full-time DH. So if Gordon can adapt to playing left field, which figures to be his primary position at Omaha, he can still fit himself into their long-term puzzle.
Afterall, KC is Kenny’s favorite trading partner.
Podsednik, a longtime leadoff batter, was signed by the Royals on Friday to a one-year, $1.75-million contract for 2010 with an option for 2011. Reportedly, the deal also includes incentives that can boost the deal to about $2 million this year and $2.3 million on the option.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore explained that if Podsednik reaches 550 plate appearances in 2010, the club option for 2011 becomes a mutual option. The deal was finalized after Podsednik underwent a physical examination in Kansas City. …
First, thanks for the dinger in the World Series Pods. It won’t be forgotten.
What’s with the Royals and the Sox each picking up the other’s leftovers though? Remember Horacio? At least Zach Greinke should be happy. He has 1,276 reasons!
BTW, Dan Szymborski has Pods’ KC projection.
Cowley: Teahen on life with the Sox now: “Every year with Kansas City I would try and convince myself we made the right moves.”
Cowley: “…. But we knew that we would have to have everything work out perfectly for a chance.’
Cowley: “The nice thing with Chicago with the team in place, guys don’t have to overachieve. They just need to do what they’re capable of doing.”