All-Star outfielder Alex Gordon signed a $72-million, four-year deal to remain with the Kansas City Royals, the long-downtrodden team that drafted him more than a decade ago, and that he helped to win the World Series this past season.
Gordon will make $12 million this season, $16 million next and $20 million each of the following two years. The deal includes a $23 million mutual option for 2020 with a $4 million buyout. If he is traded, the option would be voided and the $4 million would become an assignment bonus.
The deal is the richest in franchise history.
Former AL Rookie of the Year Neftali Feliz and the Pittsburgh Pirates have agreed to a $3.9-million, one-year contract. The 27-year-old right-hander, who became a free agent last month when Detroit failed to offer a 2016 contract, is 15-12 with a 3.17 ERA and 97 saves in 246 big league appearances.
Free-agent first baseman Chris Carter signed a one-year, $2.5-million contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.
A person familiar with the negotiations said infielder Kelly Johnson and the Atlanta Braves have agreed to a $2-million, one-year contract. It will mark the 33-year-old Johnson’s third stint with the Braves.