The Angels, Blue Jays and Royals are reportedly interested in trading for Dee Gordon, according to John Heyman of FanRag Sports. Gordon is batting .295/.342/.358 with MLB’s third best stolen base number at 32.
The Marlins are obviously in sell mode, with the Yankees eyeing Justin Bour and a smorgasbord of teams interested in Martin Prado, David Phelps, and AJ Ramos, but Gordon represents the first big name to be picked up by the media. After winning the NL batting title in 2015 with a .333 average and a league-high 58 steals, Gordon signed a five year contract extension worth $50 million. At 29 years old, he is making $7.8 million this season with three years guaranteed and $37.9 million remaining overall. Despite his 80 game suspension last season and hefty contract, the Marlins should not have a hard time finding a trade deal for Gordon.
The Angels, the most logical team for the trade, are currently sitting at 45-47, and are just three games out of the second AL wild-card spot. Additionally, they get Mike Trout back from the DL on Friday, and Danny Espinosa, their current second baseman, is swinging a paltry .162/.237/.276 this season. Gordon would make a natural fit, defensively and at the plate, with the Halos if they are in “win now” mode. Adding Gordon with Andrelton Simmons at shortstop would give the Angels one of the most talented infields in the league with their career fielding percentages at .985 and .982 respectively. However, the Halos had the 28th worst farm system in the league coming into the season. While that was actually two spots ahead of the basement-dwelling Marlins, finding value to replace the quintessential leadoff hitter will be difficult.
With the trade deadline only a few weeks away, things are undoubtedly just beginning to heat up for the Marlins. Keep coming back to Fish Stripes, and we’ll keep feeding you updates on potential trade news.