Meanwhile, the Marlins have had a busy 2016 so far. Today, the Marlins decided to lock up their second baseman and lead off hitter, Dee Gordon. Gordon will receive a 5 year deal worth $50 mil with a vesting option for a sixth year worth $14 mil. The deal was first reported by Ken Rosenthal.
Now, Gordon had a successful first season in Miami last year. Interestingly, Gordon will reunite and spend hopefully the rest of his career with the Marlins and former manager Don Mattingly. Mattingly was hired as the Marlins manager back on October 29th, 2015. Mattingly and Gordon were together in Los Angeles from the 2011 season till the end of the 2014 season.
In addition, the 27-year-old had his greatest season yet in his career with many more to come. Gordon played in 145 games and piled up 615 at bats in 653 plate appearances with a .333/.359/.418/.776 slash line. Also, Gordon swiped 58 bases and drove in 46 RBIs. Shockingly, Gordon drilled 4 dingers over the wall.
Furthermore, Gordon was named to the All-Star team again (back-to-back seasons), won a gold glove and a silver slugger award.
Finally, the Marlins are making smart deals and are showing their fans that they are committed on keeping their young and talented players in Miami unlike state rivals, the Tampa Bay Rays.
Note: This is a great deal for the Marlins. Gordon is worth more than $50 mil. Mr.Hill is good at negotiating.
Grade: A+ (best move in the off-season)