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Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from the Marlins

08 December 2017

He was with the Los Angeles Dodgers from 2011-14 before being dealt to the Marlins in a seven-player deal.

On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners made a creative deal, acquiring second baseman Dee Gordon and worldwide bonus money from the Miami Marlins in exchange for three prospects (here's a closer look at how the Marlins made out in the deal).

Rosenthal also reports that RHP Nick Neidert is heading to the Marlins.

But after making $7.5 million in year two of a five-year extension he signed with Miami last January, Gordon will make $10.5 million in 2018, $13 million in 2019, and $13.5 million in 2020. Gordon hit.308/.341/.375 in 158 games for the Marlins in 2017, although he has never played the outfield in the major leagues. There is a buyout of $1 million before the past year of his deal.

That would have represented a large chunk of salary for a team that has made shedding payroll priority number one under new owner Derek Jeter. He went 11-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 25 starts last season while splitting time at Single-A Modesto and Double-A Arkansas.

Neidert was drafted with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 draft. But general manager Jerry Dipoto has not met a trade he didn't like over the last couple offseasons, and having Robinson Cano entrenched at second base was apparently not a factor in swinging a deal for Gordon.

Gordon, 29, is a gold-glove infielder known for his speed.

Though Gordon has previously played the infield, the Mariners have said he will move to the outfield, likely centerfield.

Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from the Marlins