With an eye on 2018 and the tightly-contested pursuit of Japanese righthander Shohei Ohtani, the Mariners acquired Dee Gordon and $1 million in worldwide bonus pool space from the Marlins Thursday afternoon in exchange for a trio of minor league prospects.
Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto loves to make trades.
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. They will also receive $1 million in global pool money, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
A Gold Glove second baseman in 2015, Gordon will play center field in Seattle. Perhaps the Mariners believe he'll fit in center field. "It's a conversation that's already occurred".
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Gordon hit.308 with 60 stolen bases in 2017.
Gordon had been rumored to be on the block due to his contract, as he's owed almost $40 million guaranteed through the next three seasons, including a buyout for the 2021 season.
This is a case where the Mariners are trying to fulfill multiple needs with one move. The Mariners have reportedly agreed to assume all of the money remaining on Gordon's contract.
Whether or not that proves meaningful is anyone's guess.