Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from the Marlins

Annette Crawford
December 8, 2017

The Mariners sent minor league pitching prospect Nick Neidert, right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres to the Marlins in return, team officials said.

First reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mariners have acquired second baseman Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins.

We're still awaiting some details here - like who's going back to the Marlins besides salary relief, and what else the Mariners' free-wheeling GM, Jerry Dipoto, has up his sleeve. The Mariners also acquired $1 million in worldwide pool money as part of the deal, which they could use to entice Shohei Ohtani to sign with them.

The 29-year old Gordon slashed.308/.341/.375 last season with 60 stolen bases, his third time in four seasons at the top of the NL in that department.

The lone season in which he did not manage to steal that many bases was 2016, as Gordon played in just 79 games due to an 80-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and finished the year with 30 stolen bases. He is the only active player to bat at least.300 while stealing at least 50 bases in multiple seasons (2015 and 2017).

With Robinson Cano entrenched at second base and Jean Segura at shortstop, Seattle is eyeing having Gordon play center field.

Gordon did play nine games in center field with Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Republic in the 2013-14 season. The Mariners are expected to take on that whole contract. Dee Gordon first broke into the big leagues in 2011 after being drafted in the fourth round in the 2008 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Gordon is guaranteed $38 million over the remainder of his contract, which calls for salaries of $10.5 million, $13 million and $13.5 million in the next three seasons.

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