On Thursday night, the Miami MarlinsDee Gordon and the international bonus money to the Seattle Mariners.
While Gordon Seeks the Transition to In the Mariners' center field, we decided to evaluate the return of the Marlins (Nick Neidert, Christopher Torres and Robert Dugger) by asking Rotoworld's prospects expert, Christopher Crawford, for his vision. Remember to follow Crawford on Twitter .
Would you say that the Marlins got a legitimate return for Gordon, or was it a salary booty?
I'd say it's closer to a landfill of wages than a legitimate return, but it's definitely somewhere in the middle. When healthy, Gordon has demonstrated the ability to be one of the best contact hitters in baseball, and he still has the speed to be among the leaders in the league in steals. Getting two of the best prospects from the Mariners is certainly positive, but if you consider that Seattle still has one of the worst groups in the sport, it does not say as much as it should.
What does Nick Neidert mean? Term perspective?
Neidert is a beginner, and should be a good idea. It has a positive change: some have given him more and more notes, and he beats the area with four unique pitches that he sends and also throws them for the strikes. The question will be whether his 88-92 mph fastball can play with the change, and if the broken ball is good enough to lose bats. If so, he is a three. If not, he is a four, but a good and reliable four.
Can Christopher Torres be the shortstop of the future of the Marlins?
Defensively, I do not think there's any question Torres can ask. His actions are excellent, and he has the athletic strength and the arm to be a real asset in the field. Offensively, there are some question marks here. There is very little power and there are important contact problems. However, it has good speed and with some mechanical adjustments it could have enough contact to have a 50 degree blow tool. It is definitely interesting, but risky.
Is Robert Dugger a name to keep in mind?
Even if it's only because he pitched well in 2017. Almost everything is based on cheating instead of stuff, but he did put quality numbers on two levels, and showed some versatility by pitching out of the bullpen and starting. It would be a great surprise if it were more than a 12th man on a team.
Do the Mariners have any pieces of prospects to make more moves?
I think so, yes. The problem is how the interested teams will be in the remaining pieces. Kyle Lewis is immensely talented, but has serious knee problems. Evan White and Sam Carlson are picks for the 2017 draft, and so far there is not much history there. There are some other pieces of depth, but to get another great player, a team will have to bet heavily on Lewis.
So, there you have it. The Marlins not only gave Gordon away. They obtained a potential holder of half rotation and perhaps a little more in return. Obviously, the money that was saved was the main attraction for the Fish. Consider the incessant rumors about his desire to get rid of the payroll, but they could have done worse, considering all things. Many thanks to Crawford for taking the time to share his experience.