Still looking to win the battle to sign prized international prospect Shohei Otani, the Seattle Mariners made another addition to the roster on Thursday, FanRag Sports has confirmed. First reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Mariners have acquired second baseman Dee Gordon from the Miami Marlins.
The Marlins will receive Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres in return for Dee, FanRag Sports first reported.
With Robinson Cano firmly entrenched as the Mariners starting second baseman, Gordon will play center field for his new team.
Gordon appeared in 158 games for the Marlins last season, hitting .308 with two home runs, 33 runs batted in and a .716 OPS. In addition to his work at the plate, Gordon led Major League Baseball with 60 stolen bases (on 76 attempts). Gordon’s stolen 58 bases or more in three of the last four seasons, including a career-best 64 in his final season as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2014.
The lone season in which he did not manage to steal that many bases was 2016, as Gordon played in just 79 games due to an 80-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and finished the year with 30 stolen bases.
The fielding aspect of this deal may be what’s most interesting, given the fact that Gordon has never played a game in the outfield at the major league level. Gordon played 153 games at second base and three at shortstop last season, producing a .982 fielding percentage at second.
In fact Gordon, who began his professional career in 2008 with the Ogden Raptors of the Pioneer League, has only played 13 games in the outfield during his time in the Dominican Winter League in 2013-14.