Mar­lins’ Gor­don traded to Mariners for prospects

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Mi­ami sec­ond base­man Dee Gor­don has been traded to the Seat­tle Mariners for three prospects Thurs­day in a Ma­jor League Base­ball deal that marks the start of the Mar­lins’ lat­est pay­roll purge. The Mar­lins want to cut their pay­roll by more than 20 per cent to $90 mil­lion or less. Seat­tle has eight-time all-star Robin­son Cano at sec­ond base and is ex­pected to move Gor­don to cen­tre field. Mi­ami ac­quired right-han­der Nick Nei­dert, the Mariners’ No. 2 prospect, along with in­fielder Chris Tor­res and right-han­der Robert Dug­ger. Seat­tle gets an in­ter­na­tional sign­ing bonus pool al­lot­ment, boost­ing the amount it can of­fer Ja­panese star pitcher and out­fielder Sho­hei Oh­tani. Gor­don is guar­an­teed $38 mil­lion over the re­main­der of his con­tract. He bat­ted .308 in 158 games in 2016, and had 60 stolen bases to lead the ma­jors for the third time in the past four years. Gor­don won the Na­tional League bat­ting ti­tle in ’15 when he hit .333, and also won a Gold Glove that year. He made the all-star team in ’14 and ’15.

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