"Dee provides us with a dynamic presence at the top of our lineup", Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. The deal also includes another $1 million for the Mariners to use in worldwide slot money to chase Ohtani, which would bring their total to about $3.55 million, according to reports.
The lone season in which he did not manage to steal that many bases was 2016, as Gordon played in just 79 games due to an 80-game suspension after testing positive for performance-enhancing drugs and finished the year with 30 stolen bases. He led the National League with 205 hits his first season in Miami in 2015 and won the NL batting title (.333).
Gordon appeared in 158 games for the Marlins last season, hitting.308 with two home runs, 33 runs batted in and a.716 OPS.
A Gold Glove second baseman in 2015, Gordon will play center field in Seattle.
Gordon has very limited experience outside the infield, logging 13 games as an outfielder while playing for Tigres del Licey in the Dominican League during the 2013-14 summer. Others quickly followed, saying Gordon would most likely move to centerfield for the Mariners. He also played three games in left field and one game in right field for that team. Dee Gordon first broke into the big leagues in 2011 after being drafted in the fourth round in the 2008 draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. The Mariners are also taking on all of the $38 million Gordon is owed over the next three seasons.