Dee Gordon came back for his first full season since his PED suspension, and mostly picked up where he left off. He has now stolen at least 58 bases and hit .289 or above in every full season in which he's played, and his per-game stolen-base pace was similar in 2016 once he returned from suspension. He continued to put bat to ball with great consistency in 2017 (13.4 percent strikeout rate), with his contact skills and speed more than making up for a low walk rate (3.6 percent). The biggest difference for Gordon in 2017 was that he scored runs in bunches, exceeding his previous career high by 22 thanks to the production behind him in the lineup. A repeat in that area may not happen, but Gordon landed in a spot with a good supporting cast with the trade to Seattle in December. He's expected to patrol center field for the Mariners, meaning he will gain dual eligibility early on.
Manager Scott Servais said Gordon is expected to bat leadoff in 2018, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports. Jean Segura is expected to hit second with Gordon taking over atop the order, though obviously nothing is set in stone at this point. With the speedster batting leadoff, he should once again be a reliable source of steals, runs and batting average next season.
Gordon will play center field for the Mariners in 2018, Jim Bowden of Sirius XM Radio reports. The report was confirmed by Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, who broke the original story of Gordon being traded from Miami to Seattle. Gordon hasn't played center field at any level in the states, but he did make nine appearances in center in the Dominican Winter League a few years ago. Those in the fantasy game will want to continue to deploy Gordon at second base, but the dual eligibility he'll pick up early on will be a nice bonus.
The Marlins agreed to trade Gordon to the Mariners on Thursday, Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports. The new ownership regime in Miami has begun shedding payroll, with Gordon being the first to be dumped. This would seem to create a logjam in the middle infield in Seattle, but these things always sort themselves out -- there could be another trade or perhaps Gordon will prepare for a role in the outfield. Gordon will be on the field close to every day and should once again be a great source of steals and batting average.
Gordon went 3-for-6 with a double, a run scored, an RBI and his 56th stolen base of the year in Friday's 13-11 loss to the Diamondbacks. It's his fifth multi-hit performance in his last six games, and Gordon is now slashing a magnificent .373/.381/.506 in September with a homer, eight steals, six RBI and 13 runs in 19 games as he finishes the season on a high note.
Gordon is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Mets, Andre Fernandez of the Miami Herald reports. Gordon is hitting a healthy .366/.375/.493 with four extra-base hits and seven stolen bases this month, but he'll get the day off after starting the last 14 games. Derek Dietrich will man the keystone in his stead.