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.
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