Alex Gordon did not get a long-term contract on Tuesday, instead merely processing through baseball's standard arbitration process with the Royals, which means one more day that's gone with each side missing an opportunity that isn't coming back.

Right now, today, is the best environment the Royals will have to sign their reigning player of the year to a long-term deal. And right now, today, is the best environment Gordon will have to ensure his family a few generations worth of financial security by signing to stay in the only place he's ever wanted to play.

In other words: Get this done.

Like, now.