Trade for Dee Gordon may help Mariners land Shohei Ohtani
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SEATTLE — Landing Dee Gordon via trade is an immediate upgrade for the Seattle Mariners.
Getting Gordon may ultimately help the Mariners land the most coveted prize of the
Seattle pulled off one of the biggest moves of the
The Mariners also received $1 million in international bonus pool allocation. Seattle now has the most available money in the bonus pool of any major league team, inching ahead of the Texas Rangers by $22,500. Seattle has $3,557,500 available to the Rangers' $3,535,000.
"It's nice to have," Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said.
Dipoto hasn't been shy in saying Ohtani is Seattle's top
The AL West is taking notice of Dipoto's efforts.
"I just don't want him to end up in my division," Oakland Athletics general manager David Forst said Thursday. "We're keeping an eye on it. We were involved in it for a couple days until we were told we weren't. We're kind of just watching it with curiosity."
It just so happened that the money from Miami also came with Seattle's presumptive new
"He's a terrific athlete and I don't think the transition to
For his part, Gordon said he was "shocked" to learn of the trade and the Mariners desire to move him from second base to
Gordon said he'll accept the position switch, but maybe not with the most enthusiasm.
"I had honestly never heard of a situation where a guy who was a Gold Glove-
Gordon did play
He served an 80-game suspension in 2016 after a positive test for exogenous testosterone and Clostebol, substances he said he took unknowingly. Gordon hit .308 with a .341 on-base percentage last season, when he scored 114 runs and topped the major leagues with 60 stolen bases.
Gordon's contract calls for salaries of $10.5 million, $13 million and $13.5 million in the next three seasons. His deal includes a $14 million team option in 2021 with a $1 million buyout, a salary that would become guaranteed if he has 600 plate appearances in 2020 or 1,200 in 2019-20 combined, and he finishes 2020 on the active major league roster.
"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 more dynamic on the bases than Dee Gordon. ... We did add an impact force on the bases here. We did add a really athletic defender who has got some gold on his shelf."
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