Alex Gordon is considering pushing his free-agency a year.
Gordon can become a free-agent following the 2015 season, but has indicated he might accept his $13.25 million player option for 2016. The move would come as a surprise.
It's always a surprise when a player opts not to become a free agent, but considering Gordon has had a bit of a down year this season, unless he completely turns things around in September and helps lead the Royals through a big push into the playoffs, it might be the wise move for him if he believes that A. he simply wants to stay in Kansas City or B. he feels that he can do better statistically and thus command more money on the open market. Obviously he doesn't have to make the decision immediately, so we'll see how the end of the season goes.ANALYST: Howard Bender
Scott Kazmir allowed three runs on five hits with four strikeouts and one walk over 5 1/3 innings against the Royals on Friday in Game 2 of the ALDS.
Although far from dominant, Kazmir was solid tonight in his first postseason start since 2009. It was a positive sign for Astros fans, as Kazmir had been very bad lately, posting a 5.89 ERA over his last nine starts. But his success against the Royals came into play tonight – coming into Game 2, Kazmir was 1-1 with a 2.10 ERA and 14:3 K/BB ratio against Kansas City over 21 1/3 innings. This could be a crucial line if the series ends up going the distance. With the Astros trotting out Dallas Keuchel in Game 3 and Collin McHugh in Game 4, Kazmir will need to step up in a huge role in a potential Game 5 scenario. Even though that game would be played in Kansas City – we obviously know how electric the atmosphere would be in an elimination game at Kauffman Stadium – Kazmir would be a hot play in DFS leagues with his outstanding numbers against the Royals. Analysis: Zack Carpenter