Dee Gordon will be returning to the Miami Marlins after he signed a 5-year contract worth $50 million. The second baseman was the primary piece in a big trade with the Los Angeles Dodgers last offseason.
Gordon was originally a shortstop that was made a full transition to second base last year. The Marlins were in desperate need of a starting second baseman and after just one season it looks like they found a guy that can be the one down the road as they look to build a contending team.
Dee Gordon at 27-years old is in the prime of his career. He is a leadoff hitter with a lot of speed. A defensive mistake with Gordon on base could lead to an easy extra base or maybe even a run. As a leadoff you are expected to be someone who can put the ball in play for a base hit. He can do that as he had a career high 205 hits this year as well as a career high .333 batting average. He also had a .353 on base percentage.
Speed is a huge factor as he had 58 stolen bases this year as well as 24 doubles and 8 triples. He look to help the team improve on the 71-91 season they had as they finished third in the NL East and 26 games out of a wildcard spot.
He has been what the Marlins wanted and he had a tremendous season that was worth the extension. the team is one step closer to reaching the postseason. They seem ready for the new season. Gordon’s extension along with the signing of pitcher Wei-Yin Chen. The team could still use a little more work but they are moving in the right direction.