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Mariners acquire 2B Gordon from Marlins

Mariners acquire 2B Gordon from Marlins”

The Mariners continued their aggressive offseason Thursday by acquiring Marlins speedster Dee Gordon.

The Marlins will receive Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres in return for Dee, FanRag Sports first reported.

"It's a conversation that's already occurred", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said of that move. Miami will also send $1 million in worldwide slot money, which the Mariners could use to entice Japanese pitcher Shohei Ohtani.

Gordon, 29, finished the 2017 season batting.308/.341/.375 with 114 runs scored and a major league best 60 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances.

This story is breaking and will be updated as more information becomes available.

Gordon missed 80 games in 2016 because he was suspended for violating the league's drug policy after testing positive for exogenous Testosterone and Clostebol, performance-enhancing substances in violation of MLB's Joint Drug Prevention and Treatment Program. And the two years prior to that, Gordon had a combined 122 steals. Over 48 games with Everett of the Northwest League, he hit.238/.324/.435 with 13 stolen bases and 20 extra base hits.

Assuming Seattle takes on Gordon's entire contract, Miami has chopped their projected 2018 payroll to just over $120 million.

With Robinson Cano firmly entrenched at second base, the team is expected to move the speedy Gordon to center field. He also played three games in left field and one game in right field for that team. In addition, the Mariners will hold a $14 million option for the 2021 season.

His father, Tom "Flash" Gordon, was a three-time All-Star, himself, as a former pitcher with the Kansas City Royals, among other stops in his 21-year career that lasted until 2009.



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