KC vets Kennedy and Gordon train to sustain in their mid 30s

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February 21, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Kansas City Royals starting pitcher Ian Kennedy throws a simulated game on August 24, 2018, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Mo. John Sleezer/Kansas City Star/TNS

SURPRISE, Ariz. — Royals pitcher Ian Kennedy and left fielder Alex Gordon aren’t ready to sit back in rocking chairs and have nostalgic conversations that included phrases like “we were something weren’t we.”

They each feel like they can still be premier players, and the Royals certainly need more out of them than moral support and words of wisdom.

Kennedy, 34, and Gordon, 35, are the elder statesmen of the Royals roster as well as the team’s highest-paid players, checking in with salaries of $16.5 million and $20 million, respectively. Each debuted in the majors in 2007, and they each recognize that significantly more of their career is behind them than ahead of them.

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