Jan 22, 2020 3:50 PM

Alex Gordon signs one-year deal to stay with Royals

Posted Jan 22, 2020 3:50 PM

KANSAS CITY -- The Royals and Alex Gordon have completed a one-year deal that will bring him back for the 2020 season.

The deal will be for $4 million with performance bonus incentives, according to a source. Sources also indicated that Gordon has waived his 10-and-5 no-trade rights, but would get a $500,000 assignment bonus if traded.

It is likely that Gordon will be present for a news conference at Friday’s Royals FanFest celebration.

Gordon, 35, hit .266 in 2019 with 13 home runs and 76 RBIs, his highest RBI total since 2013.

Gordon also won his seventh Gold Glove Award in 2019. He has made three All-Star Games, and in 2014 he won the American League Platinum Glove Award as the best defensive outfielder. He will return to patrol left field, while Whit Merrifield will take over in center field and Hunter Dozier will play right field following the signing of free-agent third baseman Maikel Franco.

Gordon played in 150 games and had 633 plate appearances, his highest totals since 2014, last year. The Royals, though, seem likely go a bit easier on his playing time in order to give opportunities to Bubba Starling and Brett Phillips, both of whom are out of options.

Gordon told MLB.com last May that he was “60-40” on returning to the Royals for 2020. After winning the Gold Glove Award in November, he told reporters in a conference call that after listening to new manager Mike Matheny’s introductory news conference, he was itching to return in 2020.

Gordon signed a four-year, $72 million contract in January o2016, the richest contract awarded any Royal. Gordon had a $4 million buyout on his mutual option for 2020, though $500,000 was paid on that during the season, making the final figure $3.5 million.

--- Royals.com ---

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Jan 22, 2020 3:50 PM
Missouri's rally comes up short against Texas A&M 66-64

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- For a struggling Missouri men's basketball team, even an NCAA record-breaking night wasn't enough for a win.
After sinking 31 straight free throws in its weekend loss to Alabama, the Tigers (9-9, 1-5 Southeastern Conference) continued their streak with 23 foul shots in a row against Texas A&M on Tuesday night. The 54 consecutive free throws broke the NCAA record of 50 set by Wake Forest in 2005.
But it wasn't enough -- Josh Nebo and his 14 points overpowered a sloppy Missouri team to a 66-64 Aggies' win.
The Tigers led 32-27 after a first half filled with sloppy passes and consistent free throws. Texas A&M (9-8, 3-3 SEC) led for much of the second half, but Missouri came within two points of tying it in the last minute of the game.
Nebo's fifth foul sent Missouri's Mitchell Smith to the free throw line, but he missed his second shot, keeping the Aggies ahead by one point. The teams traded trips to the free throw line, then Missouri guard Torrence Watson missed a 3 at the buzzer to cement the Tigers' loss.
Missouri limited Nebo to five points in the first half, but the 6-foot-9-inch center dominated under the basket in the second half. With Missouri center Jeremiah Tilmon out with a foot injury, the Tigers rotated between Mitchell Smith and Reed Nikko.
The Aggies' offense was spread out over Nebo, Savion Flagg and Emanuel Miller. With six 3s made, Texas A&M averaged 35% from beyond the arc, significantly higher than its team percentage of 25%.
Mark Smith led Missouri's offense with 19 points, including 15 from beyond the arc. Dru Smith scored 18 points and Torrence Watson added 11. Watson had averaged 4.8 points per game before Tuesday.
Missouri: Sloppy passes and offensive troubles combined to hand Missouri its third straight loss. The Tigers have been inconsistent at home this season, tacking up an energizing win over Florida but also losses to Charleston Southern and Texas A&M.
Texas A&M: The Aggies capitalized on offensive production from Savion Flagg (14 points), Emanuel Miller (12) and Josh Nebo (14) to break its two-game losing streak. Nebo had averaged 12.5 points before Tuesday night.
Missouri: The Tigers will head to West Virginia to face the Mountaineers on Saturday.
Texas A&M: The Aggies will face Oklahoma State on Saturday at home in the Big 12/SEC Challenge.
--- Associated Press ---