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Mariners Acquire Dee Gordon and International Pool Money for Prospects

This could be very good or very bad

After the stressful trades last night between the Angels, Mariners, and Twins, it’s probable that many people were refreshing Twitter throughout most of this sleepy Thursday, looking for the first hint of Ohtani news.


Uh, doesn’t he play second base?

Oh. At first, it wasn’t clear what the cost would be to acquire Gordon from the Marlins, who under Derek Jeter have undergone a fire sale reminiscent of their early days.

That isn’t a player named Dugger Torres, unfortunately. That’s Robert Dugger and Chris Torres, along with Nick Neidert. Neidert was pretty much the best SP prospect in the system, and Chris Torres was a top international prospect who had high potential as a shortstop. Dugger had a decent 2017 with Modesto to boost his stock, but is otherwise considered a middling prospect.

So the M’s are giving up their best SP prospect, their best SS prospect, and just gave up their best catching prospect yesterday. Surely there must be something else.

Oh. Shit.

That puts the Mariners at the very top when it comes to who can offer Shohei Ohtani the most bonus money. Here’s the official press release.

Gordon, who turns 30 in April, was the NL batting champion in 2015. He had a very good 2017 as well, posting 3.3 WAR, though much of his value was derived from his defense and baserunning. It will be interesting to see if he can transition that defensive value to center field, which he’s never played at the Major League level. He’s signed for three more years at about $12 million per year, with a vesting option for a fourth year.

Basically, the last couple days have seen the M’s doubling down on Ohtani. If they get him, the trades today and yesterday look fantastic. If they don’t get him, they could look pretty bad.

Hold your breath.