The Seattle Mariners acquired Dee Gordon in a trade with the Miami Marlins in exchange for three prospects – INF Christopher Torres, RHPs Robert Dugger, and Nick Neidert. The Seattle Mariners also got $1 million in international signing bonus pool money.
The Mariners already have all-star Robinson Cano at second base, which is why Gordon moved to center field. The last time he played in the outfield was four years ago in the Dominican League.
Gordon has a $38 million three-year contract that included a buyout option for 2021. In three of the last four years, he was the National League leader in steals. He also got 201 hits, 60 steals and a 0.308 batting percentage in 2017.
The only stain in Gordon’s career is his 80-game suspension in 2016 when he tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs. He tested positive for both clostebol and testosterone. Clostebol is a testosterone derivative and synthetic steroid.
While Gordon is not a power hitter with just 11 homers in seven seasons, he is a good slap hitter who can use his speed to help the team. By acquiring Gordon, the Seattle Mariners get a dynamic player with a diverse skill set. At 29 years of age, he still has a couple of good years to offer to his new team.
Two weeks after the trade, Gordon worked out with his new coach Chris Prieto. They did outfield drills to prepare him for his new role. They work on taking proper routes and angles, catching at the wall, and footwork, just to name a few.
The Gordon trade was the first major move by new owners of the Miami Marlins, Derek Jeter, and Bruce Sherman. Their mission is to rebuild the organization. Their next move was trading Giancarlo Stanton in the offseason. They are also looking for ways to reduce the team’s payroll to $90 million.