When Marlins Team President David Samson found out second baseman Dee Gordon would be suspended 80 games for performance-enhancing drug use, he told reporters he felt “betrayed.”
Now, more than two months after the suspension, the Marlins are competing for a playoff spot without the production of 2015’s batting champion. As the Marlins evaluate their roster ahead of the non-waiver trade deadline, the club appears to be seeking starting and relief pitching. However, they do not have much minor league depth to move.
Perhaps the Marlins could consider moving Gordon, assuming teams seeking second base help in 2017 and beyond would be interested. There will rightfully be some doubt, since he might not produce the way he did with the Marlins last season, but there is still a fair amount of upside.
Gordon is still just 28, has the speed to steal more than 50 bases annually and has posted a career .327 on-base percentage. If the Marlins want to acquire a middle of the rotation starter, a top prospect might have to be involved in the deal. Gordon could be one.
If the Marlins, who open play Friday tied with the Mets and Cardinals for the second National League wild card spot, want to trade for a starter more productive than one they have on the roster, Gordon could be a trade chip. Miami has been linked to Jake Odorizzi and Drew Pomeranz, but it might take a Sonny Gray-type starter to aid the Marlins rotation.
Although the Marlins might not have a clear second base option if Gordon is traded, Derek Dietrich would likely be the favorite. Dietrich is batting .298 over 63 games and has emerged as a consistent second base this season.
The Marlins have positioned themselves to compete for the rest of the season and have done so without Gordon. If a team is interested, why wouldn’t the Marlins at least consider it?