MLB Trade Rumors: Dee Gordon has been traded by the Miami Marlins to the Seattle Mariners, according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. The other players involved are not known as I’m typing this. Gordon, a second baseman, will be moving to center field, according to Jim Bowden. The M’s, of course, already have Robinson Cano at second base.
Gordon, 29, is due roughly $39 million through 2020, including the $1 million buyout on his $14 million team option for 2021. The Marlins have been looking to cut payroll by moving expensive players, and this accomplishes this goal. Gordon missed part of the 2016 season due to a PED suspension, but bounced back in 2017 with a .308/.341/.375 slash line in 695 plate appearances. Gordon has led the majors in steals in three of the last four seasons, as well.
Weird trade, without even knowing who is going to Miami. Gordon is fast, so he has the speed to be an option in center field, but it remains to be seen whether he can actually make the transition from second base to center field.
I will update this post when there’s more info about this deal.
UPDATE — Nick Neidart, 21 year old righthanded pitcher and 2015 second rounder of the Mariners, is going to Miami in the deal.
UPDATE II — The Mariners also sent infielder Christopher Torres and pitcher Robert Dugger to the Marlins, and received $1 million in international bonus pool money along with Gordon.