MIAMI -- Dee Gordon, the Marlins' speedy leadoff batter who paced the Majors with 60 stolen bases this year, on Thursday became the first significant trade made by the organization's new ownership.
A two-time All-Star second baseman, Gordon was dealt to the Mariners for Minor League right-handers Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres. The Marlins also included international bonus pool money, which MLB.com confirmed to be $1 million, in the trade.
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Under the ownership team led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, the Marlins are reshaping the organization, seeking to build a strong foundation from the bottom up. Miami was 77-85 and hasn't had a winning season since 2009, and significant changes are expected to continue.
Neidert, a promising 20-year-old who advanced to Double-A, was ranked as Seattle's No. 2 prospect by MLBPipeline.com. Torres, who switch-hits, was rated seventh.
"We know where we're at; we need to get better," Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said. "We need to add depth. We need to do things to give us an opportunity to build an organization we feel can win consistently. In this deal, we took a very good player, an All-Star-caliber player, in Dee Gordon and were able to add three very talented pieces to our Minor League system."
A National League Gold Glove finalist at second base this year and a Gold Glove winner in 2015, Gordon is expected to play center field in Seattle. The Mariners have All-Star Robinson Cano at second base.
Gordon batted .308 and collected 201 hits, while establishing a career-high 114 runs.
In 2015, Gordon's first season with the Marlins, he was the NL batting champ with a .333 average. But in 2016, Gordon was suspended for 80 games for being in violation of MLB's drug policy.
Gordon bounced back with a big year in 2017, being the table-setter at the top of the order. Giancarlo Stanton, the NL MVP who led the Majors with 59 home runs, batted behind Gordon for most of the season.
As the Gordon trade was consummated, the Marlins still are working on trade scenarios for Stanton.
Gordon had drawn interest from several clubs, including the Blue Jays, but the match ended up being Seattle.
"This offseason has been an interesting one," Hill said. "There's obviously been a lot of conversations on a lot of our players. Dee is a talented player. We know what he can do offensively. We know what he can do defensively. It just worked out that we were able to find the right fit with Seattle."
The Mariners also are taking on the remaining $38 million on the five-year deal Gordon signed after the 2015 season.
Miami now has no clear-cut second baseman, but Derek Dietrich and Miguel Rojas could be options.
"We have options we'll look at in Spring Training," Hill said. "Obviously, we still have a long offseason ahead of us. So I think that will take shape as the offseason progresses. But if we were starting today, we have internal options who play and can play second base for us."