While all of baseball is waiting for the Marlins to trade Giancarlo Stanton, they surprised us on Thursday by sending former all-star 2B Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners. The trade was first reported by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. The Marlins have been looking to deal Gordon for some time and looking for a team to take on the rest of his $38MM contract that he was owed through the 2020 season. The Mariners agreed to take on the rest of the contract and in return they will receive $1MM in international bonus money as well. In return the Mariners will send the Marlins their top pitching prospect in Nick Neidert, middle infield prospect Christopher Torres and pitching prospect Robert Dugger.
The King of Trades, Jerry Dipoto is at it again by acquiring Gordon. Early this offseason, he acquired Ryon Healy from the A’s for next to nothing and received some more international bonus money from the Twins in an attempt to sign Japanese star Shohei Ohtani. The acquisition of Gordon surprised many at first as they already have Robinson Cano playing second base, but all the early reports are saying Gordon will lead off and play center field. We know Gordon has the speed to cover the ground in center, but we shall see about the arm as his arm has always been suspect. When it comes to hitting, Gordon is coming off another solid season in 2017. After missing time in 2016 due to a PED suspension, he played 158 games in 2017 hitting .308 with 2HR/20 2B/9 3B, while stealing 60 bases in 76 attempts. Gordon is a 2 time all-star (2014 and 2015) and also received a gold glove and silver slugger award in 2015.
The Marlins start their massive overhaul with 3 new minor leaguers, including a high-end pitching prospect in Nick Neidert. Neidert was the Mariners 2nd round pick in 2015 and finished the 2017 season in AA after starting in A+. He struggled a bit in the transition to AA, but finished with a combined ERA of 3.45 and a K/9 of 8.6 in 25 GS (127.2 IP). The 21 year old will likely take a few more years till he reaches the bigs, but could be a nice future piece for the Marlins. The 2nd player in the deal are Christopher Torres who is a 19 year old MI from the Dominican Republic who finished his 3rd year in the minors at low A. He seems like an ok bat with some decent speed, but has a ways to go. The 3rd player was the Mariners 18th round pick in 2016, a 22 year old RHP who finished the 2017 season in high A after starting in low A. He compiled a 2.75 ERA in 31 games (18 GS), totaling 117.2 IP and a 8.9 K/9. Neidert is the major piece in this deal, but all 3 are a little ways from the bigs and time will tell on how well the Marlins did on their return.