With an eye on 2018 and the tightly-contested pursuit of Japanese righthander Shohei Ohtani, the Mariners acquired Dee Gordon and $1 million in global bonus pool space from the Marlins Thursday afternoon in exchange for a trio of minor league prospects. They will also receive $1 million in worldwide pool money, per MLB.com's Mark Feinsand.
Dee Gordon is on the move.
The global slot money is $1 million, according to multiple reports. His athletic ability is obvious to those who watch, but his ability to close ground, and more specifically, his launchability, that first-step burst that Dee gets is on par with the elite center fielders in baseball.
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"We're going to play Dee in center field", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "We feel like that gives him a chance to be a separator in center field". He hit.308/.341/.375 in 2017, marks good for a 94 OPS+. He has a club option for 2021 worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. So the Marlins are getting some nice salary relief with the trade, while the Mariners are taking on the substantial commitment. He promptly tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs in late April, and served an 80-game suspension.
The Mariners three lower-tier prospects suggests the Marlins are not picking up any of the money left on Gordon's contract.