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Kansas City's Alex Gordon didn't realize the worth of an All-Star appearance.
Yes, there's the prestige.
But in his case, there's a huge financial award tucked away in his contract.
By making the American League team for Tuesday night's game at Citi Field, the Royals outfielder received automatic $500,000 raises in each of the next two seasons and will earn $10.75 million in 2014 and $13.25 million in 2015, according to contract terms obtained by The Associated Press.
''I kind of knew something was in there, but not how much it was or what it involved,'' Gordon said. ''It didn't cross my mind right away, though. My agent told me the other day what was going on.''
The price of Gordon's 2016 player option also increased by $500,000 to $13.25 million. Gordon is eligible for additional raises based on whether he finishes among the top 15 in AL MVP voting or wins a Gold Glove or Silver Slugger award.
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by John Viril—
I know it sound crazy.
The Royals still have hopes of getting into contention. Greg Holland might be the most dominating closer in baseball today. The Royals have reasonable hopes they can contend next season—which is the first time they have been able to credibly say that since the 90′s.
But, Greg Holland will probably never have higher trade value than he has...
by John Viril—
The Kansas City Royals made some odd choices with their pitching staff before Sunday’s 6-4 loss against Cleveland. In the finale before the All-Star break, the Royals designated reliever J.C. Gutierrez for assignment to make room for Wade Davis’ return from paternity leave. Donnie Joseph, who had replaced Davis on the roster, was sent back to AAA Omaha in favor...
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- For much of this season, Kyle Zimmer, the Royals' No. 1 pick in 2012, was providing numbers that frightened even the most loyal of Royals fans -- a 1-6 record and a 5.98 ERA through 13 games.
But the Royals continued to stress that Zimmer, pitching for Class A Wilmington, was grading out well during his outings, and that his gaudy ERA was misleading.
KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- The last time the Royals had three All-Stars, they were only three years removed from a World Series championship. So, yeah, it's been a while.
Closer Greg Holland was named as a replacement on the AL All-Star squad Sunday, joining left fielder Alex Gordon and catcher Salvador Perez. Holland replaces Seattle Mariners pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma,...
For the first time in a decade, the Royals have more than one player named to the All-Star team. Alex Gordon and Salvador Perez are the first duo to earn the honors since Mike MacDougal and Mike Sweeney in 2003.
While Kansas City fans will enjoy watching Gordon and Perez in the Midsummer Classic, the Royals very easily could have had three All-Stars and some might argue they should...
by John Viril—
Kansas City Royals 3B Mike Moustakas looked like a budding star at this time last season. He hit .268/.327/. 490 along with 15 home runs before the 2012 All-Star break. He played gold glove quality defense (Moustakas led all 3rd basemen in UZR in 2012). In short, Moustakas absence in the All-Star game seemed to be a snub.
Since then, Mike Moustakas has hit...
The All Star break is almost upon us. We have already played through half of the 2013 season. This provides us with a great opportunity to evaluate the performance of the Royals thus far and see how they measure up to the rest of the league and explore the possibilities for a second half run at the playoffs. Coming in at just over the eighty-one game halfway mark of the season...
Ubaldo Jimenez has pitched worse each successive time he has faced the Kansas City Royals this year heading into his fourth such outing.Kansas City has to like its chances of avoiding a sweep by Jimenez's Cleveland Indians with James Shields on the mound.The visiting Royals have had trouble hitting Jimenez this year but they have won eight straight outings by Shields heading...
A struggling Jeremy Guthrie pitched well in his last start.
Whether he has made any permanent strides will be seen when he takes the ball for the visiting Kansas City Royals, who look to snap a three-game losing streak Saturday night against the Cleveland Indians.
Guthrie (8-6, 4.12 ERA) was 0-3 with a 6.95 ERA over a four-start stretch before allowing one run, six hits and one walk...
CLEVELAND -- Corey Kluber pitched into the eighth inning and pinch hitter Michael Bourn had a big two-run single, leading the Cleveland Indians to a 3-0 win over the Kansas City Royals on Friday night.
Kluber (7-5) allowed three hits and struck out eight in 7 23 innings. The right-hander worked out of a bases-loaded, one-out jam in the fifth.
Joe Smith recorded the final out in...
I don't have to preach how important it is have starting pitching. I'm constantly on the look out for pitchers that can be bought cheap, some times even for free. Just like at a garage sale, looking for pitching takes a little bit of time and maybe just a drive by to see if something catches your eye. This week, let's look at two starting pitchers that just might be worth...
This is a quick preview of MLB’s scheduled games for Friday July 12th, 2013.
Games – 15
AL Games – 7
NL Games – 7
IL Games – 1
American League Games (7):
Kansas City Royals (43-46) @ Cleveland Indians (48-44) – 7:05 pm
The begin the first of a three game series, Kansas City will start Bruce Chen (3-0, 2.41) who’s been impressive in limited starts. The Indians will start...