Left fielder Alex Gordon said his phone started pinging with texts Monday afternoon when the Royals sent out a news release alerting the media to a "Major Announcement Regarding Contact Status of Royals Player."

Since Gordon and the Royals continue to show mutual interest in a multi-year extension, after reaching agreement earlier in the month on a one-year deal, lots of folks jumped to the obvious — and erroneous — conclusion.

The announcement instead was that catcher Sal Perez had agreed to a five-year contract for a guaranteed $7 million that contains club options for three additional years. Total value of an eight-year package could reach $26.75 million.