Gor­don inks deal with Mar­lins R

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - BY STEVEN WINE THE AS­SO­CI­ATED PRESS

NL bat­ting cham­pion Dee Gor­don signed a $50 mil­lion, five-year con­tract Mon­day with the Mi­ami Mar­lins.

More than a dozen of Gor­don’s rel­a­tives at­tended a news con­fer­ence to an­nounce the deal.

“My fam­ily stuck with me through the hard times,” Gor­don said. “I’m glad they’re here for the good times.”

Gor­don is a late-bloomer who didn’t be­come se­ri­ous about base­ball un­til he was in col­lege. But he led the NL in bat­ting (.333), hits (205) and stolen bases (58) last sea­son, his first in Mi­ami af­ter be­ing ac­quired in a trade with the Dodgers.

“I in­stantly loved the way they treated me here,” the 27-year-old se­cond base­man said.

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