Dee Gordon traded to Mariners, starting the Marlins' offseason of cost-cutting

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As for the Mariners, they are now in a little better position as they pursue Shohei Ohtani along with the addition of Gordon.

On Thursday, the Seattle Mariners made a creative deal, acquiring second baseman Dee Gordon and global bonus money from the Miami Marlins in exchange for three prospects (here's a closer look at how the Marlins made out in the deal).

"Dee provides us with a dynamic presence at the top of our lineup", Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement.

Seattle also received global slot money from Miami in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert and Christopher Torres.

After serving an 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension in 2016, Gordon returned this season with a.308/.341/.375 slash line with 114 runs scored and 60 stolen bases. And the two years prior to that, Gordon had a combined 122 steals.

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Gordon had a spectacular season in 2015, his first year with Miami, when he was an All-Star, won the NL batting title, a Gold Glove and Silver Slugger award.

The return for the Marlins is interesting - 2015 second-round pick Nick Neidert, who was the 2017 California League (high-A) pitcher of the year, is the highlight of the trade.

Gordon did play nine games in center field with Tigres del Licey in the Dominican Republic in the 2013-14 season.

The Mariners three lower-tier prospects suggests the Marlins are not picking up any of the money left on Gordon's contract.

Gordon is owed $37 million in base salary through the 2020 season. Dee Gordon first broke into the big leagues in 2011 after being drafted in the fourth round in the 2008 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.