The Miami Marlins have made their first big move in the off-season and wasn't a Giancarlo Stanton like so many thought.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic and MLB Network, the Marlins have traded their second-basemen Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners.
Jim Bowden of SiriusXM informed that the trade is for right-handed pitcher Nick Neidert, who has a 11-6 record and a 3.45 ERA in 25 outings between Class A and Doble A ball.
The Mariners also got something very important in the trade, as they will also be receiving one million in international money from the Marlins, which will probably be used to entice Shohei Ohtani, informed Mark Feinsand.
Source: as part of the Gordon deal, the Marlins also send $1M in international pool money to the Mariners.— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) 7 de diciembre de 2017
Gordon is still owed $38.5 million for the next three seasons and $14 million in 2021 if he makes 600 plate appearances or 1200 over 2019 and 2020 combined.
And when the Mariners made the trade official it was informed the club would be taking all of Gordon's contract.
Also that two more prospects will be headed to Miami along with Neidert. Those are Robert Dugger and Christopher Torres.
The deal seemed strange as the Mariners already have a second-basemen in Robinson Canó, but according to Jom Bowden of SiriusXM and later confirmed by Rosenthal, Gordon will play center field for Seattle.
Mariners want to be a lot better on the base paths in 2018 and Gordon with his .308 batting average and 60 stolen bases should do just the trick.
Gordon has even led the league in robberies in 3 of the last 4 years.
The speedy infielder, and now an outfielder, had been mentioned in trade talks with other teams like the Mets and is a big surprise that he is headed to the state of Washington.
The trade will probably push a Stanton trade to happen sooner than later.