With an eye on 2018 and the tightly-contested pursuit of Japanese righthander Shohei Ohtani, the Mariners acquired Dee Gordon and $1 million in global bonus pool space from the Marlins Thursday afternoon in exchange for a trio of minor league prospects.
"Dee provides us with a dynamic presence at the top of our lineup", Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.
The Marlins will receive three prospects: right-hander Nick Neidert, infielder Chris Torres and right-hander Robert Dugger.
The Mariners also acquired global slot money in the trade. However, Gordon will move to center field in Seattle, according to Jim Bowden. "It's a conversation that's already occurred". Gordon signed a five-year $50 million contract in 2016 and Seattle will be on the hook for all of the remaining $38 million. Gordon hit.308/.341/.375 in 158 games for the Marlins in 2017, although he has never played the outfield in the major leagues.
This is a case where the Mariners are trying to fulfill multiple needs with one move. He has a club option for 2021 worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout. That the Mariners were also able to land more money to offer Ohtani has obvious potential ramifications.