How adding Dee Gordon improved the Mariners' chances of landing Shohei Ohtani

Dee Gordon is reportedly headed to Seattle after a trade with the Marlins

For the Marlins, the trade represents a chance to add three intriguing prospects to a farm system that is widely considered among the bottom-five in baseball, as well as a chance to rid themselves of the $38 million that was left on Gordon's over the next three years.

Gordon, 29, finished the 2017 season batting.308/.341/.375 with 114 runs scored and a major league best 60 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He was Seattle's second round pick in 2015. He went 10-3 with a 2.76 ERA in 19 starts (104.1 innings pitched) but struggled after being promoted to Double-A.

The Marlins received right-handers Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres for Gordon. He also saved two games. The shortstop was ranked as the Mariners' number-seven prospect, according to MLB Pipeline. So the Marlins are getting some nice salary relief with the trade, while the Mariners are taking on the substantial commitment. But general manager Jerry Dipoto has not met a trade he didn't like over the last couple offseasons, and having Robinson Cano entrenched at second base was apparently not a factor in swinging a deal for Gordon.

Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic first tweeted about the trade.

Though Gordon has previously played the infield, the Mariners have said he will move to the outfield, likely centerfield.

Gordon won a Gold Glove at second base in 2015 but at least on the surface, this move would seem to weaken the Mariners' defense, especially with Dyson on the free agent market.

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