Marlins trade Dee Gordon to Seattle
While everyone is focused on where the Miami Marlins would trade National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, they went out and traded second baseman Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners for minor leaguer prospects Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres.
Gordon, a two-time All-Star in 2014-15, hit .308 with 60 stolen bases and 114 runs scored in 2017 for the Marlins. His 201 hits tied for third in the majors. He won the batting title in 2015 with a .333 batting average during his first season with the Marlins.
Gordon is owed $37 million in base salary through the 2020 season and the Mariners will take on all it due to the trade. The Mariners also have a $14 million option for the 2021 season but would only have to pay $1 million if they decline it.
The Mariners plan to use Gordon as a center fielder. Even though he has been a middle infielder his entire career, Gordon does have the speed to make the transition.
The Marlins got two of the Mariners’ top 10 prospects in the deal. Nick Neidert (No.2) thrived during his time in the Single-A Midwest League improving his velocity and building his arsenal in 2016. This past season, he went 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA, 17 walks and 109 strikeouts in 104 1/3 innings over 19 starts in Single-A Modesto but struggled in Double-A Arkansas with a 6.56 ERA over 23 1/3 innings. He will likely start this season in Double-A Jacksonville.
Neidert’s high three-quarters arm slot allows him to create a downhill angle to the plate, which generates the velocity necessary to throw blazing fastball. Among his breaking balls, his curveball is currently better than his low-80s slider.
Although Chris Torres (No. 7) is 19 years old and has yet to play in the full season levels of the minor leagues, he can be the Marlins next great shortstop somewhere down the line. He is a switch-hittinger with above-average speed and also projects as a plus defender with plenty of range and arm strength for the shortstop position. He could eventually be the next Dee Gordon for the Marlins.
Robert Dugger may not have been among the Mariners’ top 30 prospects, he is working towards being the Marlins’ closer of the future. The 22-year-old hurler finished 6-6 with a 2.75 ERA, 32 walks and 116 strikeouts over 117 2/3 innings across 31 appearances between the Midwest League and California League.
There will likely be more Marlins contacts on the move before the offseason is over.
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