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Gordon opted for free agency on Wednesday, turning down a $13.75 million player option for 2016, according to a source.
The Royals declined their option with outfielder Jonny Gomes, while reinstating left-handed pitchers Tim Collins, Brian Flynn and Jason Vargas from the 60-day disabled list.
Quinn Roberts is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.