Seattle Mariners: Dee Gordon trade gives lineup a boost for playoff push
On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners acquired Dee Gordon in a trade with the Miami Marlins. The M’s gave up three minor leaguers in the swap and they also received international slot money from Miami.
For the M’s this is a great move. Not only did they bring in an all-star caliber player with terrific speed, but he came at a relatively low price. Seattle should be competing for a playoff spot this year with the Angels, Rangers and Houston Astros also fighting for a chance at the October tournament.
This isn’t a move that puts them over the top, but Gordon can spell Robinson Cano at second base and he could play some games at shortstop. Gordon is going to play center field, according to Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto.
Not only will Gordon help set the table for Cano, slugger Nelson Cruz, and others, but he’ll bring them someone who will steal bases at a high rate. Not many teams have had success swiping bags over the past few years; it’s becoming a dying art it seems.
The new center fielder had 60 steals and 201 hits in the 2017 season. Over his seven-year big league career, he’s averaged close to 40 steals per season. Gordon also hit .308 this past season and his career average is .293.
There’s no doubt that Seattle will receive a heavy contribution from Gordon in 2018, but they’ll need his versatility, range, and quickness to pay off in late game situations and in the playoffs.
The M’s added to a roster that contains Kyle Seager, Cano, Cruz, Jean Segura, Mitch Haniger, and Ryon Healy.
All in all, Seattle should make it to the playoffs if they better contributions from their pitching staff. There are no great teams in the American League right now other than Houston, so even if the M’s pitching staff isn’t making drastic improvements in 2018, I wouldn’t be surprised if they made it to the postseason with ease.