SEATTLE (AP) The landing of Dee Gordon through the trade is an immediate improvement for the Seattle Mariners.
Getting Gordon can help the Mariners get the most coveted low-season award: Shohei Ohtani.
Seattle took one of the biggest moves of the offseason to date when it acquired Gordon of the Miami Marlins for three minor leaguers on Thursday. While the addition of Gordon is an important boost for Seattle, the other item that came from the Marlins could be more important.
The Mariners also received $ 1 million in the allocation of an international bonus. Seattle now has the most money available in the bonus pool of any major league team, moving a little ahead of the Texas Rangers at $ 22,500. Seattle has $ 3,557,500 available to the Rangers for $ 3,535,000.
"It's nice to have," said Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto.
Dipoto has not been shy about saying that Ohtani is Seattle's top priority in the offseason, and the Mariners have made aggressive moves over the past two days to help bolster their chances of signing the star pitcher and Japanese outfielder. They changed a minor binder to Minnesota for $ 1 million in bonus bonus allocation on Wednesday.
It so happened that the Miami money also came with the alleged new Seattle center fielder.
"He's a great athlete and I'm not." "I think the transition to the central field will be terribly difficult for him," Dipoto said. "He's ready for the challenge and he does not really live too far from Ken Griffey Jr., so I think he's already planning to ask for some help."
For his part, Gordon said he was "shocked" by learning the trade and the Mariners want to move him from second base to center field. Gordon's agent, Nate Heisler, issued a statement saying that the Mariners did not receive Gordon's approval for the change of position before ending the operation.
Gordon said he will accept the change of position, but maybe not with the greatest enthusiasm.  "Honestly, I had never heard of a situation in which a guy who was a golden caliber player in his position dumped into a new position," Gordon said. "It definitely surprised me, but at the end of the day I'm a team player and if that's what I have to do for the Seattle Mariners, if that's the best thing for them, then that's what I have to do."
Gordon played briefly in center field during a winter ball in the Dominican Republic during the 2013-14 offseason and thought he "played pretty well" during limited opportunities. Seattle is adding significant speed and a special ability to be at the base of its batting order. Gordon has led the National League in stolen bases three of the past four seasons and led the National League in batting in 2015.
He served an 80-game suspension in 2016 after a positive test of exogenous testosterone and Clostebol, substances that he said He took it without knowing it. Gordon hit .308 with a .341 on-base percentage last season, when he scored 114 runs and led the majors with 60 stolen bases.
Gordon's contract demands salaries of $ 10.5 million, $ 13 million and $ 13.5 million in the next three seasons. His agreement includes a team option of $ 14 million in 2021 with a purchase of $ 1 million, a salary that would be guaranteed if he had 600 appearances on the plate in 2020 or 1,200 in 2019-20 combined, and ends 2020 in the active list of Major Leagues. 19659002] "We want to be more athletic, we want to be faster, we want to be more dynamic on the bases," Dipoto said. "There are very few players on the planet who are more dynamic on the bases than Dee Gordon … We added an impact force to the bases here, we added a really athletic defender who has some gold on his shelf."
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