Marlins' second baseman Dee Gordon has been suspended 80 games by the MLB for violating the performance enhancing drug policy, according to Jon Heyman of MLB Network. Gordon tested positive for two different PEDs, testosterone and clostebol, according to Bill Shaikin of The Los Angeles Times.
In his first year with the Marlins Gordon put together his second consecutive All-Star season, while capturing the National Leauge batting and stolen base crown, as well as a Gold Glove award at second base. He saw career highs in his entire slashing line, .333/.359/.418, en route to a 205-hit season.
Miami rewarded Gordon in the offseason with a five-year contract extension worth $50 million. Through 20 games this season he had a hitting line of .267/.283/.344 and 6 stolen bases.
Anytime a player is caught using PEDs it comes as a shock and Gordon's case is no different in that sense. As a spark-plug at the top of the lineup and a key cog in the middle of the infield, losing Gordon for 80 games will be a substantial hit to the Marlins' offense and defense.
The candidate that makes most sense in taking over at second base in Gordon's absence is Derek Dietrich, with Miguel Rojas rotating in occasionally as well.
Stay tuned to Fish Stripes for more to come on Dee Gordon's suspension.