Gordon who was spending his third season in the majors struggled all season finishing with a .232/.324/.378 line in 49 big league games and actually found himself demoted to the minors for the majority of the year.
Coming off a solid sophomore season in which he compiled a .783 OPS with 16 homers and 59 RBI, the Royals were hoping Gordon would take a big step forward in 2009. Things didn’t exactly work out and Mark Teahen led the team in starts at third base with 99.
The Royals recently traded Teahen to the Chicago White Sox but acquired another former first round pick who plays third base in Josh Fields (2004). Fields showed power when prompted into the role of a regular in 2007 connecting with 23 homers and 17 doubles in 418 at-bats.
Since that time Fields has been a liability at third base and hasn’t shown much at the plate to steal at-bats away from Gordon, a player the Royals still view highly. When acquired it was expected that Fields would either find time at a corner outfield spot, perhaps at the expense of the Royals trading David DeJesus, or in a bench role. The information released today only confirms those thoughts.