The Mariners continued their aggressive offseason Thursday by acquiring Marlins speedster Dee Gordon. Because Gordon, a second baseman primarily, has never appeared in the outfield in his seven seasons in the majors.
The Mariners now have $3.557 million in global slot money, giving them the most among the seven finalists in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.
The Marlins will receive Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres in return for Dee, FanRag Sports first reported.
But, back to this big deal.
Gordon was suspended 80 games in 2016 for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy.
But in 79 games, he still had 30 stolen bases that season.
Gordon won the NL batting title in 2015 when he hit.333, and also won a Gold Glove that year. In addition to his work at the plate, Gordon led Major League Baseball with 60 stolen bases (on 76 attempts). He is the only active player to bat at least.300 while stealing at least 50 bases in multiple seasons (2015 and 2017). But general manager Jerry Dipoto has not met a trade he didn't like over the last couple offseasons, and having Robinson Cano entrenched at second base was apparently not a factor in swinging a deal for Gordon.
The Mariners intend to shift Gordon to center field, where his elite speed could in time make him a fierce defender. He is owed $37 million over the next three years, as well as a $14 million option for the 2021 season.
His father, Tom "Flash" Gordon, was a three-time All-Star, himself, as a former pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, among other stops in his 21-year career that lasted until 2009. This suggests that Gordon will move to center field.