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Alex Gordon's return to Royals could actually be a good sign for Orioles

Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon celebrates a solo home run off New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo.
Kansas City Royals' Alex Gordon celebrates a solo home run off New York Mets relief pitcher Jeurys Familia during the ninth inning of Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. (Charlie Riedel / Associated Press)

No doubt, a lot of local fans woke up this morning to the news that outfielder Alex Gordon had agreed to a four-year deal to stay with the Kansas City Royals and considered it an opportunity lost for the Orioles.

And maybe it was.

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Gordon was one of the top corner outfielders on the club's free-agent wish list. But early estimates that he would get more than $100 million made it seem unlikely that the Orioles would sign him unless the Chris Davis situation dissolved and the $150 million offered to him was made available for other players.

Still, things are starting to shake around baseball after a slow holiday season, and Gordon's reported four-year, $72 million contract could be a bad news/good news situation for the Orioles.

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The fact that Gordon signed for far less than was predicted in some quarters could be the proof that the market for free-agent hitters really is softer than originally expected, which could mean that the Orioles' offer to Davis might really be as good as it gets.

Clearly, Gordon decided he didn't want to wait to find out if there was one more year or another $30 million in his future. And, as strange as this might seem in the greed-is-good world of professional sports, maybe he really did want to stay in the comfortable place where he just won a world championship.

The Orioles have always hoped that Davis would take into account the fact that he blossomed as a star player in Baltimore and was treated very well by the team and the fans after he got himself suspended for Adderall usage right as the Orioles were pushing into the playoffs in 2014.

Now, just maybe, the Orioles' offer of seven years and $150 million looks a little better.

Technically, it's off the table, but in reality the Orioles and agent Scott Boras remain in contact and nothing's over until it's over.

The Gordon deal could be catalytic either way. It could prompt Davis to make a decision and it could also prompt the Orioles to get serious about other options.

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