Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from Marlins

Former pitcher Roy Halladay

Former pitcher Roy Halladay

Dee Gordon is headed for a new team and a new position.

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.

Here's the problem: The 29-year-old Gordon has played primarily second base and the Mariners already have an All-Star second baseman in 35-year-old Robinson Cano.

Where Gordon will play in Seattle is anyone's best guess, though SiriusXM's Jim Bowden claims he'll play center field (which Rosenthal also confirmed). Others quickly followed, saying Gordon would most likely move to centerfield for the Mariners.

This is the first major step (of many) by the Marlins to shed salary, as Gordon has $38 million and three years guaranteed left on his current deal - $10.5M in 2018, $13M in 2019, $13.5M in 2020 and a $1M buyout if the team doesn't pick up his $14M option in 2021. The Marlins indicated a willingness to trade Gordon in recent weeks because of that financial commitment, and they could be alright with infield depth due to the presence of Derek Dietrich at either second or third, JT Riddle at short, and potentially, veteran Martin Prado at the position Dietrich doesn't play (assuming Prado also doesn't get traded).

He struck out 122 batters while walking just 22 in 127.2 innings pitched.

Neidert, 21, was selected by the Mariners in the second round of the 2015 draft. He did struggle in AA over six starts, notching a 6.56 ERA with 13 strikeouts and five walks. MLB Pipeline rated him as the seventh-best prospect in the Mariners' system. Over 48 games with Everett of the Northwest League, he hit.238/.324/.435 with 13 stolen bases and 20 extra base hits.

The Mariners now have $3.557 million in global slot money, giving them the most among the seven finalists in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.

Bring on the Winter Meetings!