Seattle Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto loves exchanges. The most recent example came from that when the Mariners acquired second baseman Dee Gordon of the Miami Marlins, as they announced Thursday night. The Marlins received minor league players Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres in the deal. Seattle also received money from the Marlins' international slots. According to reports, that money amounts to $ 1
As for where Gordon fits with Seattle, the Mariners evidently intend for Gordon to move to center field, since Robinson Cano is in his place at second base.  "We will play against Dee in center field," Dipoto said through the Mariners' website. "It is a conversation that has already taken place, we are very excited to bring this type of athletes … their athletic ability is obvious to those who look, but their ability to close the ground, and more specifically, their ability to launch, That first-step burst that Dee gets on par with the elite center fielders in baseball, we think that gives him a chance to be a center fielder. "
It was rumored that Gordon was on the block because of his contract, since he is owed almost $ 40 million guaranteed in the next three seasons, including a purchase for the 2021 season. He hit .308 / .341 / .375 in 2017, good brand for 94 OPS +. Gordon does not have much experience in the gardens, although it is worth noting that he certainly has the wheels and athleticism to make a quick transition:
This is a case in which the Mariners are trying to satisfy multiple needs with a single movement . Adding Gordon gives them a choice of a central field, a creative one, which in theory could provide a speed-oriented impulse to their alignment. That the Mariners could also get more money to offer Ohtani has obvious potential ramifications. Seattle now has the largest bond reserve in the league to offer Ohtani:
You can not guess whether that is significant or not. But credit Dipoto for trying to knock out multiple targets with a single hit.
As for the side of the Marlins, this deal represents a booty of pseudo salary. They got some potentially useful pieces, but the real appeal is getting rid of the exceptional financial commitment with Gordon. Neidert, the best pitching prospect in the Seattle system, according to MLB.com, is emerging as a mid-rotation starter due to an arsenal that could have three or better pitches. Torres, ranked seventh in the system, is a polished teenager who must stay in the middle and who is expected to have only one tool below the average: power. Dugger, meanwhile, was not represented by MLB.com.