free agents: Alex Gordon turns down player option with Royals

Baseball Just three days after the end of the World Series, the Royals are faced with having to replace one of their biggest contributors of the past eight years.The Royals announced that outfielder Alex Gordon, the team's longest-tenured player, has turned down his $14 million player option for 2016, making him a free agent.MORE: Best spots for Jason Heyward | Top six FA first basemen | Top five FA catchers Gordon batted .271/.377/.432 with 13 homers and 48 RBIs in 104 games this season. He strained his left groin while chasing down a fly ball in July. The three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner will be a hot commodity this winter. While he does turn 32 in February, Gordon is still considered an elite outfield defender. He was tied for 29th among major league outfie

lders last season with seven defensive runs saved, according to Fangraphs. He has a career slash line of .269/.348/.435 and 134 home runs with 523 RBIs. CBS Sports reports that the Cubs, White Sox, Orioles and Astros are among the teams interested in Gordon.The Royals also announced Wednesday that they had declined to pick up the mutual options on pitcher Jeremy Guthrie and outfielder Alex Rios. The club also has decisions to make about second baseman Ben Zobrist and pitcher Johnny Cueto, but expectations are they will not be re-signed.

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