Alex Gordon unsure about his 2016 player option

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Royals outfielder Alex Gordon is coming off of a season in which he won his fourth consecutive Gold Glove, was named to the American League All-Star team for the second year in a row, and helped the Royals reach the World Series, breaking a playoff drought that extended all the way back to 1985 in the process. It was a pretty good year for the 31-year-old.

Gordon could cash in on his 2014 success if he so chooses — he has a player option worth $12.5 million for the 2016 season. If he declines it, he’ll head into free agency, where he would certainly attract plenty of suitors for a four- or five-year deal. Gordon isn’t sure whether he’ll choose his option or become a free agent, according to Andy McCullough of the Kansas City Star. Gordon, though, enjoys being a Royal and playing in Kansas City.

“I want to stay here,” Gordon said. “Absolutely. It’s close to home. Kansas City almost feels like my hometown. We love the city. We love everybody in this organization. And obviously it’s in a good place right now. It’s come a long way. And I want to be a part of the success that I think we’re still going to have.”

The Royals drafted Gordon with their second overall pick in the 2005 draft. According to Baseball Reference, Gordon is one of only five players to put up at least three seasons worth at least six wins above replacement or better in the last four seasons. The other players: Mike Trout, Andrew McCutchen, Robinson Cano, and Miguel Cabrera.

Nationals virtually unveil 2019 World Series rings

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On Sunday evening, the defending World Series champion Washington Nationals unveiled their championship rings online. The Nats took down the Astros in seven hard-fought games last October to win their first Fall Classic in franchise history, with starter Stephen Strasburg winning MVP honors.

As the video highlights about the ring, the Nationals honored “Baby Shark,” a children’s song that became part of the team’s identity last year thanks to reserve outfielder Gerardo Parra. The ring also has all kinds of mementos referencing the Nationals’ triumphs throughout the years, including a reference to 2006, when the Lerner family bought the franchise.

It is a shame that, due to the global pandemic, the Nationals haven’t been able to properly get their rings like past championship winners. But they will, in due time. For now, the players can look forward to receiving their rings in the mail.