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After Declining Option, Alex Gordon is Now Officially a Free Agent

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Much like word of Zack Greinke’s opt out earlier today, a decision on Alex Gordon’s $12.5 million player option for 2016 was nearly pre-ordained. He was going to decline it. Everyone knew he was going to decline it.

So, what did he do?

There’s no tease here. He really did decline it:

So, then, as expected, the 31-year-old outfielder will be one of the best corner outfielders available this offseason. He’ll get a qualifying offer on Friday and will decline that, too, so he’ll be tied to draft pick compensation.

From there, we’ll see how aggressively the Royals pursue a re-up with their hometown star, and we’ll also see if those many Cubs-Gordon rumors actually have legs. It’s been hard – but not impossible – to square his fit with the current Cubs’ roster composition, but I can certainly see how a Gordon addition could make sense if it was accompanied by some other movement.


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We’ll see what happens, and you’re reminded that there’s an offseason road map you can check out if you want to know what’s going to happen when.


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Brett Taylor

Brett Taylor is the Editor of Bleacher Nation, and you can find him on Twitter at @BleacherNation.

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