Miami Marlins Trade Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners

Former pitcher Roy Halladay

Former pitcher Roy Halladay

"He's a two-time All-Star and former National League batting champion who is electric on the basepaths, having already won three stolen base titles".

"Dee provides us with a dynamic presence at the top of our lineup", Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.

The Marlins dealt Gordon at least in part because of his contract, which owes him $10.5 million this year and then an average of $13.5 million over the next three years. He has a club option for 2021 worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout.

Gordon served an 80-game suspension in 2016 for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy.

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Rosenthal also reports that RHP Nick Neidert is heading to the Marlins. So the Marlins are getting some nice salary relief with the trade, while the Mariners are taking on the substantial commitment. With the trade, the Mariners now have $3,557,500 in global bonus pool money, which pushes them ahead of the Rangers ($3,535,000) for the most worldwide bonus pool money in the Ohtani sweepstakes. Neidert was 1-3 with a 6.56 ERA in six starts (23.1 innings pitched) for Double-A Arkansas.

The 19-year-old Torres hit.238 in 48 games with Short-A Everett in 2017.

The Mariners are in the running for Japanese two-way player Shohei Ohtani, which is part of the reason why they coveted the global slot money as part of the deal.

As they wait for Giancarlo Stanton to waive his no-trade clause, the new ownership of the Miami Marlins has made their plans to reduce payroll clear.

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