Dee Gordon is on his way to Seattle. For the price of three minor league prospects and additional international bonus pool space. The 29-year-old second baseman led the league with 60 stolen bases, he also finished 3rd in the league in base hits with 201, only Charlie Blackmon and Jose Altuve had more. The Mariners will take on the remaining $38.5 million of Gordon’s contract which will be up in 2021.
Gordon will likely be moving into the outfield as Jean Segura and Robinson Cano have the middle infield locked down. The Dodgers attempted to convert him years ago but he ended up playing short or second during his stint in Los Angeles. The addition of Gordon to this lineup adds versatility
The addition of international bonus pool space was most likely an attempt to sign Japanese hitter/pitcher Shohei Ohtani. It was announced at around 2p.m. Eastern that Ohtani would be signing with the Los Angeles Angels.
Per 162 games in his career Gordon is batting .293 with 63 stolen bases and 189 hits. A two-time All Star and Gold Glove second baseman will be asked to change positions for the first time in his MLB career. In his three years with Miami Gordon averaged a 2.9 WAR. The Mariners finished seven games out of the final Wild Card spot last season, an addition like Gordon, and potentially Ohtani, will help put this Seattle club in a position to compete for a World Series.