Miami Marlins Sign Dee Gordon To 5-Yr Extension
The Miami Marlins made another offseason splash Wednesday night, this time by coming to terms with one of their own. According to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports, the club has extended reigning NL batting champ Dee Gordon to a five year extension. Seeing as how just two days ago Mr. Rosenthal was breaking the news that Miami signed free agent lefty Wei-Yin Chen, it’s been quite the busy week for baseball reporters and the Marlins alike.
Gordon’s deal clocks in at a cool $50 million according to early reports, and much like Chen’s, possesses a sixth year option that could bump up that initial figure even more. That appears to be the only similarity, as nothing so far indicates Gordon was given an opt-out clause. On the other hand, nothing indicates a no-trade clause was granted either. Naturally this ties up Gordon- who was going to receive a massive raise this season anyway- for the rest of his arbitration years, as well as the first couple years of his free agent eligibility.
Gordon joined Miami just last year in a widely debated trade that sent off the organization’s top pitching prospect in Andrew Heaney, along with several other young pieces, as part of a three team swap to obtain the speedy second baseman. Dee rather flourished with the change of scenery, following up a strong 2014 with a 2015 that saw him be voted in as the NL starter at his position, beat out Bryce Harper for the batting title, and win just about every award possible at his position (Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, Wilson Defensive). Clearly the Marlins felt those efforts were worth rewarding, and felt comfortable keeping Gordon in the fold for the foreseeable future.