Marlins Extend Dee Gordon with 5-year $50 Million Deal
The Miami Marlins and 2B Dee Gordon have agreed upon a 5-year $50 million contract, with an option for a 6th year that would increase his total to $64 million. Gordon was acquired by the Marlins in last offseason’s 7-player trade with the Dodgers involving SP Andrew Heaney. Gordon endured a tremendous first year with the Fish where he hit .333, had a .359 OBP, 4 home runs and drove in 46 runs while swiping 58 bases. Gordon was also named to his second all-star game, won his first gold glove award, silver slugger award, as well as taking home his first NL Batting Title. The Marlins were impressed with Gordon’s performance and made it a priority to lock down the second baseman to a long-term deal. Gordon was repeatedly asking for a 7-year-deal and after weeks of negotiations, the Marlins rewarded the 27-year-old with a 5-year contract, and added an option for a 6th year.
The deal seems as a win-win, as Gordon gets his long-term contract that has a potential to be 6-years/$64 million while remaining with the Marlins after expressing his desire to stay. The big kicker for Gordon is the opt-out clause after his age-32 season. Gordon could look to bargain on himself and cash in for one last multi-year, or he could opt-in and receive a $4 Mil raise and take home $14 million in 2021. As for the Marlins, they will pay a team friendly $50 million for Gordon in his prime years (age 27-32), after emerging as a core talent last season. The Marlins are expecting Stanton back, and will expect big things after signing Chen to bolster their rotation after ace Jose Fernandez. Look for the Marlins to contend for years to come, as they have a good young core with Gordon, Yelich, Stanton, Ozuna and Fernandez.
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