KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Yes, the Royals are interested in locking up Alex Gordon, their player of the year in 2011, to a long-term deal.
It just may not happen as quickly as some fans might hope.
Royals general manager Dayton Moore said by phone Tuesday that the Royals' first priority likely will be to get Gordon signed to a one-year deal before his arbitration date of Feb. 16.
"We're trying to find common ground on a one-year deal with the mindset that we will work toward a long-term deal at some point," Moore said. "We have a commonality in regards to (a long-term deal). We certainly want Alex here long term and Alex has expressed that as well.
"But it's hard to pinpoint exactly when that will happen."
Both sides reportedly have submitted salary figures in the event a deal isn't worked out before the arbitration hearing: Gordon's camp coming in at around 5.45 million with the Royals countering at 4.15 million.
No Royals player has had to go through an arbitration hearing ...