On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners made a creative deal, acquiring second baseman Dee Gordon and worldwide bonus money from the Miami Marlins in exchange for three prospects (here's a closer look at how the Marlins made out in the deal).
Seattle also received global slot money from Miami in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres.
In the trade, the Mariners also got $1 million in worldwide pool money, undoubtedly to bolster their pursuit of Shohei Ohtani.
That's more than the Rangers reportedly had available, which would mean the Mariners could offer Ohtani the biggest signing bonus of any of the seven finalists remaining.
After missing 80 games of the 2016 season for a violation of MLB's performance enhancing drug policy, Gordon returned to action and hit an emotional home run in the first game after the death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez.
But in 79 games, he still had 30 stolen bases that season.
Gordon had a spectacular season in 2015, his first year with Miami, when he was an All-Star, won the NL batting title, a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award. An all-star in 2014 and 2015, Gordon stole 60 bases for the Marlins in 2017.
Gordon, predominantly known as a second baseman throughout his seven-year Major League Baseball career, appears to be in for a position change to center field. He has a club option for 2021 worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout.
Assuming Seattle takes on Gordon's entire contract, Miami has chopped their projected 2018 payroll to just over $120 million.
The St. Louis Cardinals have also sought the right fielder, with each team offering a package of prospects. This suggests that Gordon will move to center field.
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