The New Alex Gordon is moving slowly but with a purpose, cradling a wooden bat in the crook of his arm as he ducks his head under a wall of black netting. The backdrop says baseball — batting cages, turf, a bag of balls — and Gordon is decked out in offseason garb: basketball shorts, a dry-fit shirt and a blue stocking cap, the familiar KC logo stitched across the center.

It's just past 8:30 a.m. on a mild winter morning, and Gordon is almost ready to talk about last season, about his transformation from an injury-ravaged third baseman — a maybe, sort-of, almost bust — to one of the best all-around outfielders in the American League.

But first, more drills.

"Give me a minute," he says.

He grabs his glove and heads for the stairs, a long, slow descent to the indoor infield that takes up most of the first floor at the Mac-N-Seitz baseball facility in Martin City. Time for defense.

For the last 30 minutes, Gordon has been tucked into his familiar stance, spraying baseballs into the back of the cage as Royals hitting coach Kevin Seitzer inspects each swing. The facility is silent save for the cannon-fire explosion of wood meeting rawhide, and the return sound of ball smacking into the back of the netting.

In a few days, — last Thursday — Gordon and the Royals will agree to a one-year deal worth $4.775 million, a contract that comes as both sides continue talks on a long-term deal that could set up Gordon's family for generations — and keep the former first-round pick in Kansas City into his early 30s. Before the end of the month, Gordon and Seitzer will pack up and take these early morning hitting sessions to the Royals' spring training headquarters in Arizona.