MIAMI — The Angels, Blue Jays and Royals are the three teams that have at least mentioned Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, sources tell FanRag Sports.
The Angels have been having trouble at second base and are looking, the Jays have lost Devon Travis to injury and the Royals have long been enamored with Gordon. The three teams have other needs, as well, so it’s unclear what the chances for a deal are.
The Marlins are in sell mode now, with most of the talks revolving around the relievers, especially closer A.J. Ramos and set-up man David Phelps. But they would like to extend their sale to include some of their high-priced talent, with Gordon prime among the sale pieces.
Gordon, 29, is making $7.8 million this season and has three guaranteed years and $37.9 million remaining on his deal, plus a $14 million team option with a $1 million buy-out for the 2021 season. According to Cot’s Baseball contracts, that option guarantees with 600 plate appearances in 2020 or 1,200 from 2019-20.
The Marlins would presumably have to offset some of Gordon’s deal, as he hasn’t performed up the 2015 standards that led to his long-term contract. He is, however, a prototype leadoff hitter and fine-fielding second baseman, as Marlins people point out.
The Marlins would also have an interest in trading third baseman Martin Prado as they try to pare down in what’s expected to be the final days of Jeffrey Loria’s ownership. As of now, there’s no reason to think he isn’t calling the shots, though he’s in contact with the three main bidders.
As of Sunday, the Marlins had not put superstar Giancarlo Stanton on the trade market, but Stanton has $295 million to go after this year, not to mention a full no-trade. Wei-Yin Chen is untradeable since he has a backloaded deal and is hurt.
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