Reports: Marlins, Dee Gordon agree to five-year, $50M contract extension
The deal will reportedly pay Gordon $50 million, not including an option for year six.
The Marlins have agreed to terms with second baseman Dee Gordon on a five-year, $50 million contract extension that includes a $14 million vesting option for 2021, according to Jon Heyman and Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal. Back in November, our own Mike Axisa examined what a Gordon contract extension might look like.
Gordon, 27, owns a 96 OPS+ across parts of five big-league seasons. However, Gordon stepped up his offensive game significantly over the past two seasons: .311/.342/.398 (108 OPS+) with 122 stolen bases since the start of the 2014 season. He has also made significant strides with his fielding in recent seasons. Add it all up -- the defense at an up-the-middle position, the elite base-running and the improving bat -- and you have a valuable player. Clearly, that's not lost on the Marlins.
Gordon this offseason was eligible for salary arbitration for the first time and had been slated for free agency after the 2018 season. This deal, then, gives the team some cost certainty during what would have been three arbitration years, and the Marlins also buy out two and possibly three of Gordon's free-agent years.
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