Royals and Outfielder Alex Gordon avoid arbitration with one-year deal

      KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) _ The Royals and outfielder Alex Gordon
avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract worth
      Gordon could earn a $25,000 bonus for getting 700 plate
appearances, 12 more than his career high set last year.
      An arbitration hearing was scheduled for next week. Gordon filed
a request for $5.45 million, while the team countered with $4.15
million. He made $1.5 million last season.
      Gordon is coming off a breakout season in which he hit .303 with
45 doubles, 23 homers and 87 RBIs. The only other players with at
least a .300 average, 45 doubles and 20 homers were Miguel Cabrera,
Jacoby Ellsbury, Adrian Gonzalez and Robinson Cano.
     Kansas City general manager Dayton Moore has been working a
long-term deal with Gordon, who has spent his entire career in the
Royals organization. Those negotiations are expected to resume now
that the outfielder is under contract.

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