Where Could Alex Gordon Go?

Let's face it: if the Royals aren't going to give Alex Gordon a chance to play regularly when they are 11-21, 10 games out of first, and weeks shy of Memorial Day, he has fallen out of favor with the club. After just 38 plate appearances, the Royals sent Gordon - the player they once selected him second overall - to Triple-A to make way for… Alberto Callaspo.

But Gordon, still just 26, is a career .320/.433/.577 hitter in the minor leagues. Clearly, some team should take a flier on Gordon as a possible long-term answer at third base. Which teams are best suited to do so, and how much is it likely to cost?

  • The Phillies seem like an interesting landing spot for Gordon, though not at first blush. Placido Polanco, after all, is signed through 2012. But Gordon could be an upgrade from Greg Dobbs at the very least. If Gordon fulfills his promise, the Phils could attempt to deal Polanco. More to the point, Gordon seems to fit the Phillies' template- his acquisition would be akin to the buy-low on Jayson Werth– and Philadelphia has depth in the farm system. A couple of their secondary pitching prospects could get it done.
  • The Orioles have a combined zero homers from Rhyne Hughes and Garrett Atkins, so Gordon could appeal to them as an option at first. Corner infield prospects Brandon Snyder and Josh Bell lurk in the minors, but with Miguel Tejada locked up for just one year, Gordon would provide the O's with depth and upside.
  • The Athletics don't have a ton in the way of a present or future player blocking Gordon. Kevin Kouzmanoff is a decent option, but he hardly has Gordon's upside at this point. With a number of nearly-ready pitching prospects to integrate into a young staff, the Athletics could well deal from pitching depth for Gordon, too.
  • The Padres are another possible landing spot, with Chase Headley unlikely to keep up his batting average-fueled start. San Diego has several third base prospects, including James Darnell, who Baseball America ranked as the organization's third-best prospect heading into the season. Still, none of the Padres prospects have even proven themselves at Double-A, so acquiring Gordon and giving him the chance to win the third base job wouldn't impact any of them in the short-term. It would also echo the acquisition of another buy-low, former top draft pick: Adrian Gonzalez. A package of one of the Padres' third base prospects and a pitcher should be enough to pry Gordon loose.


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58 Comments on "Where Could Alex Gordon Go?"


okori
5 years 3 months ago

Seattle. They hoard LH hitters, have holes at 1B and 3B. They have no real impact bats at AAA, and have pitching prospects to trade.

TheBunk
5 years 3 months ago

No Blue Jays?????

5 years 3 months ago

Absolutely. Real depth at SP and catcher, an interesting package should be easy. and they have a massive question mark about the position going forward (as much as i love Brad Emaus)

Steelslayer
5 years 3 months ago

I agree why wouldn’t they have added the jays to this list, since well…the cupboard for 3rd is relatively bare in a short time. I mean bautista? No. To an even lesser extent EE

bjsguess
5 years 3 months ago

O’s make a ton of sense. Gordon is exactly the type of player they should be targeting.

basemonkey
5 years 3 months ago

Agreed. It makes sense for both Gordon AND the Orioles.

Right now Bell is the future at 3B. And that has always been the plan with Tejada, as a stopgap. So I don’t think he replaces Miguel’s role, as veteran to help soften Bell’s transition to the majors. Though having depth is always good, esp. on a team with a DH, and, another possible opening at 1B, which only increases the opportunity to stay in the majors for Gordon. If he hits Free Agency, he should sign with a team like this.

Jeff S
5 years 3 months ago

Blue Jays?

5 years 3 months ago

Headley is a former top prospect and is playing better because he finally back at his natural position. Why would they want Gordon over that? Do your research.

Guest
5 years 3 months ago

Nice right on the money!

kornut11
5 years 3 months ago

the Houston Astros. no prospects (Chris Johnson is NOT a prospect), and no reason to not give him at bats.

5 years 3 months ago

Other than the fact that they are a division opponent Minnesota has to be the ideal landing spot for Gordon. The Twins have the depth in the minors to make such a trade and a black hole at third. Danny Valencia is scuffling at AAA and is looking more and more like a MLB benchwarmer as his discipline and defense are being exposed at Rochester. A Rob Delaney/Rene Tonosi for Gordon swap would make sense for both teams

Jake Lunemann
5 years 3 months ago

I think the Twins already have decent enough stopgap options at 3B that they should not have to trade anything of any real value to the Royals to get Gordon. Does anyone know much about this Brian Dinkelman the Twins have at AAA? He actually seems like a better option than Valencia at this point.

LiveFastCyYoung
5 years 3 months ago

Division opponent makes it tough but it’d be easy to let Inge walk at the end of the year if the Tigers signed Gordon.

LiveFastCyYoung
5 years 3 months ago

Or traded for, rather than signed. My bad.

hockeycenter15
5 years 3 months ago

I think the Tigers would be a fit. Would the Tigers be willing to part ways with a Casey Crosby, Jeff Larish, and Cale Iorg get him? I dunno how high a prospect (or prospects) would have to go. Austin Jackson, Jacob Turner, and Scott Sizemore are obviously all off limits. Who would it take?

Dev0
5 years 3 months ago

Jays can give him an opportunity to play have have lots of trade chips.

grant77
5 years 3 months ago

How on earth could you forget the most obvious choice? The Blue Jays. No team has more pitching and they have a hole at third.

5 years 3 months ago

I’d say the A’s are right up there with them. I’d love to see oakland trade one of our pitcher’s who can’t crack the MLB roster for him.

grant77
5 years 3 months ago

Fair enough. I’d like to see them give Kouzmanoff more time, though.

5 years 3 months ago

yea i don’t mind kouz but if we can get a more long term replacement i’d be happy… then again i’m so used to prospects prospects prospects, maybe that’s why gordon seems so appealing.

joshelwell
5 years 3 months ago

That’s a terrible analysis on the Padres. Well, it wasn’t an analysis. It was calling out Headley on his “batting average” fueled start… What does mean? Isn’t starting off with a high batting average something of a good thing? I love being able to read a post and immediately know it’s not Tim or Ben.

joshelwell
5 years 3 months ago

I try not get caught up in the emotion of “my team” when I comment… but I’d just really appreciate reasoning behind a statement like “unlikely to keep up his batting average fueled start”. I know this is a rumors site. But if you’re going to get into analyzing numbers with a statement like that… finish it, please.

BentoBox
5 years 3 months ago

Maybe he meant Headley’s high Babip. (.388)

joshelwell
5 years 3 months ago

Yeah, a little dangerous, but no Austin Jackson.

alphabet_soup5
5 years 3 months ago

It’s not like it’s Yuniesky Betancourt hitting .360. Yes the BABIP has to go down, but I think he’ll finish around .300. He’s also improving on his strikeouts.

Koby2
5 years 3 months ago

To be fair, Gordon was sent down for Chris Getz. It just happened that Callaspo moved from 2B to 3B. So you’re actually giving the Royals far more credit than they deserve. And at least Callaspo has proven he can hit major league pitching consistently, something Gordon has never done. But sending him down for Getz? That’s a far worse move. Shows the wonderful mentality this front office has. Fire Moore, fire Hillman, let’s clean house.

Edit: Upon looking at Gordon’s earlier stats I realized he actually hit adequately, but has regressed.

jth532
5 years 3 months ago

KC won’t trade him, if for no other reason than to make sure they don’t get burnt by trading him and then him developing. He will probably spend the next couple of seasons bouncing between the majors and minors laying as a 3B/LF utility man before being let go.

While it is kinda crazy that it has come this, don’t mock Callaspo. Albert has put up two seasons worth of great numbers and looks to maintain that this season. His glove may be pretty bad, but there is a chance he will do better at third.

dascual
5 years 3 months ago

I gotta think the blue Jays make the most sense.

They have an abundance of young pitching that the Royals could use, a couple of catchers and other MI they could throw in. All though, at this point his value must be low with nobody in the front office having ties to him.

an infield that would include Hill Wallace and Gordon and then Snider and Lind would be a nice young team with a future much like the Rays IMO

5 years 3 months ago

Alex Gordon for J.R. Towles and low-end pitching prospect?

TytheSportsGuy
5 years 3 months ago

Phillies need him. Werth is leaving after this year, and Gordon could learn left field. They could shift Ibanez to his natural position (Left), and the Phillies wouldn’t be all lost without Werth.

WasianCU
5 years 3 months ago

How about the Angels? Brandon Wood is still struggling and you have to wonder how much longer they will wait on him to adjust to major league pitching.

unbiasedhomer
5 years 3 months ago

All of this “analysis”, including the Padres sending over “one of their third base prospects” (ha), and Megdal completely overlooks one of the main reasons Gordon is being moved: Mike Moustakas. It takes five minutes to look through an organization’s depth chart. It’s simple, really.

mizzourah87
5 years 3 months ago

not sure if you follow the royals on a regular basis or not, but Mouse was another one of Moore’s high first round picks i believe 2nd overall and they don’t know what to do with him. they are talking about making him a catcher just to find a spot for him. They have played him at multiple positions and he can’t play them :/

tolo316
5 years 3 months ago

How about the Rays? If he can handle defense at 3rd, would it be a stretch that he could learn 1st? With Pena gone next year, the Rays are going to have a glaring need at 1st and there’s no one on the horizon to fill it.

5 years 3 months ago

Alex Gordon with the Dodgers would be interesting. This is probably Casey Blake’s last year and the Dodgers have no real successor at 3rd unless they move DeWitt back to 3rd next year. While I like DeWitt, he’s OBP is .380, his lack of power is a down side. Especially when Loney is playing at the other corner. I wouldn’t mind giving Gordon a shot to regain some confidence and provide a little power for the Dodgers. The only problem is that I don’t really see what the Dodgers would send the Royals in return.