Mariners land All-Star Gordon, will convert him to OF

Mariners land All-Star Gordon, will convert him to OF

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. His contract also includes a $14 million vesting option and a $1 million buyout.

Gordon served an 80-game suspension in 2016 for violating MLB's performance-enhancing drug policy.

The Mariners sent minor league pitching prospect Nick Neidert, right-handed pitcher Robert Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres to the Marlins in return, team officials said. So the Marlins are getting some nice salary relief with the trade, while the Mariners are taking on the substantial commitment. Seattle is also netting about $1 million in worldwide bonus money, potentially to be used for Shohei Ohtani.

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Neidert was drafted with the 60th overall pick in the second round of the 2015 draft. He went 11-6 with a 3.45 ERA in 25 starts last season while splitting time at Single-A Modesto and Double-A Arkansas.

The 19-year-old Torres hit.238 in 48 games with Short-A Everett in 2017. But, while that aspect is likely to demand most of the attention, there's another part of the trade worth highlighting: the impact the deal could have on the Mariners' pursuit of Japanese two-way phenom and top-ranked free-agent Shohei Ohtani.

The Marlins are in cost-cutting mode under new ownership and are also expected to soon deal reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

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