Marlins’ Gordon dealt to Seattle
MIAMI — Miami second baseman Dee Gordon was traded to Seattle for three prospects Thursday in a deal that marks the start of the Marlins’ latest payroll purge, this time under new CEO Derek Jeter. The Marlins want to cut their payroll by more than 20 percent to $90 million or less, which is why NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton also is on the trading block.
Seattle has eight-time AllStar Robinson Cano at second base and is expected to move Gordon, a former Albuquerque Isotope, to center 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 remaining three years of his contract.
CUBS: Right-hander Tyler Chatwood and the club agreed to a $38 million, three-year contract. He was 8-15 with a 4.69 ERA in 33 appearances for Colorado last year.
ORIOLES: Pitcher Kevin Gausman will wear No. 34 next season as a tribute to Roy Halladay, who was killed in a plane crash last month.