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Alex Gordon: 'White Sox were definitely interested'

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Alex Gordon: 'White Sox were definitely interested'

SURPRISE, Ariz. -- Though he mostly avoided the rumors during free agency, Alex Gordon said Saturday he was very aware the White Sox had interest in him.

Sitting at his stall in the cushy and newly renovated clubhouse at Surprise Stadium, the Kansas City Royals veteran outfielder said the White Sox were one of his strongest suitors in the offseason. Ultimately, Gordon got his wish and returned to Kansas City, the only team he’s ever known. He signed a four-year, $72-million deal in January.

“Sox were definitely interested,” Gordon said. “They were up there. I like them, yeah. But it worked out the way it was supposed to. They were definitely in there though.

“(Kansas City) was my No. 1 option.”

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Hard to fault Gordon, who turned 32 last month.

The Royals drafted the Nebraska product with the second pick in 2005. He reached the big leagues in 2007 and bore witness to six straight losing seasons. The Royals averaged a 70-92 mark in that span.

But everything has changed for the better since 2013, including two straight American League pennants and a World Series title last season. Now, Gordon has a chance to spend his entire career around the “family”-like atmosphere the Royals have created.

“After every conversation I had with (agent Casey Close) it was always, ‘Have the Royals said anything?’” Gordon said. “This is where I grew up. Its where I wanted to be. Coming from the bad times to really cherish the good times, why not stay here?”

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There were plenty of rumors about where Gordon may land in December and January. At first it looked as if the sides may not reunite. Then the White Sox entered the fray. And then a report surfaced that the White Sox were confident about their chances of landing either Gordon or Yoenis Cespedes.

Gordon said he stayed out of the process and trusted Close.

“It was different,” Gordon said. “It was something I’ve never experienced, but the whole time I was just telling myself to be patient and not get frustrated with the process. I’ve got a really good agent. He took good care of me and kept me in the loop the whole time. But it ended up the way I wanted it to end up.”

SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

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SportsTalk Live Podcast: Rick Hahn gives an update on the state of the White Sox rebuild

In this episode of the SportsTalk Live Podcast, Danny Parkins (670 The Score), Chris Bleck (ESPN 1000) and Scott King (WGN Radio) join David Kaplan on the panel.

Ryan Pace’s offseason begins. Josh Sitton and Jerrell Freeman are gone, but what will he do with Kyle Fuller?

Plus, Rick Hahn joins Kap from Glendale, Ariz., to discuss the state of the White Sox rebuild, how tough it is to keep their best prospects in the minors and why Jose Abreu is so important for his young team?

Listen to the full episode at this link or in the embedded player below:

White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

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White Sox Talk Podcast on The Three Amigos: Jimenez, Robert and Adolfo

The White Sox three outfield prospects are creating a lot of buzz at spring training.

On this edition of the podcast, Micker Adolfo tells Chuck Garfien about a conversation they all had about one day becoming the starting outfield for the White Sox. Adolfo talks about his longtime friendship with Eloy Jimenez, his impressions of Luis Robert, Luis Basabe and the White Sox future.

But first, it's a conversation with MLB.com's Jesse Sanchez who has great insight on many of the White Sox players: Jimenez, Robert, Yoan Moncada and Jose Abreu. He tells an amazing story about why Jimenez decided to sign with the Cubs when he was a teenager, how much Abreu is revered in Cuba and much more.

Listen to the full episode at this link (iOS users can go here) or in the embedded player below. Subscribe to the podcast on Apple Podcasts.