Mar­lins deal Gor­don to Mariners for prospects

The Detroit News - - Front Page - BY STEVEN WINE As­so­ci­ated Press

Mi­ami — The Mar­lins’ lat­est pay­roll purge be­gan not with Gian­carlo Stan­ton, but with Dee Gor­don.

Gor­don, a two-time All-Star sec­ond base­man, was traded Thurs­day to the Seat­tle Mariners for three prospects in the first big deal in­volv­ing new Mar­lins CEO Derek Jeter.

Jeter wants to cut pay­roll by more than 20 per­cent to $90 mil­lion or less, which is why NL MVP Stan­ton is also on the trad­ing block.

Mi­ami ac­quired right-han­der Nick Nei­dert, the Mariners’ No. 2 prospect, along with in­fielder Chris Tor­res and right-han­der Robert Dug­ger.

The Mar­lins haven’t been to the play­offs since 2003, and they’re anx­ious to bol­ster a farm sys­tem that ranks among base­ball’s worst.

“We need to add depth,” pres­i­dent of base­ball op­er­a­tions Michael Hill said.

“We need to do things to give us an op­por­tu­nity to build an or­ga­ni­za­tion that we feel can win con­sis­tently.

“In this deal we took an Al­lS­tar cal­iber player in Dee Gor­don, and were able to add three very tal­ented pieces to our minor league sys­tem.”

The Mariners get $1 mil­lion in in­ter­na­tional sign­ing bonus pool al­lot­ment, boost­ing the amount they can of­fer Ja­panese star pitcher and out­fielder Sho­hei Oh­tani to a ma­jor league-high $3,557,500, just ahead of the Texas Rangers ($3,535,000). They as­sume Gor­don’s con­tract, which guar­an­tees him $38 mil­lion through 2020.

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