The Miami Marlins search for a way to upgrade their starting lineup continues at the Winter Meetings in San Diego. The team has been linked to all kinds of slugging first baseman the first two days of the Winter Meetings, but now they may be on the prowl for the exact opposite kind of player, Dee Gordon, this according to Joe Frisaro.
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Gordon is coming off a 3 win season in 2014, when he slashed .289/.326/.378 slash line with a 101 wRC+. While he doesn’t possess the power or the on base ability that I’d prefer the Marlins to sign, he does steal bases well. Last year, he stole 64 bases on 83 attempts, good for a 77% rate.
A concern for Gordon and his game moving forward will be if he is able to sustain his .346 BABIP from a season ago. His career mark is .326 and such a line in 2015 would drag down the rest of his batting numbers. However, his slap hitting ability maybe a nice fit at the spacious Marlins Park. His career slash line sits at .272/.314/.331, good for a 85 wRC+, on his .326 BABIP/
I’m not sure what the Dodgers would want from the Marlins in return for Gordon’s services, but rest assured they wouldn’t be seeking any of the Marlins outstanding outfielders. They could demand Andrew Heaney in return, but I’d be hesitant to send away the team’s top prospect for a risky player like Gordon.
Gordon being matched up with Christian Yelich at the top of the lineup would give the Marlins a kind of dynamic they have not had at the top of the order since the Juan Pierre and Luis Castillo days. Those two were animals on the basepaths and if Yelich and Gordon could offer similar production, Stanton would be having a field day next season.
The Marlins are right to look into acquiring Dee Gordon, but they do need to be wary of not overpaying for his services, based only the success he had last season.