Number 3: Dee Gordon
Look, I don’t like it either. But there is no denying the Mariners could get a pretty sweet payday by shopping newest fan favorite Dee Gordon this Summer or Winter. While it would be odd for the Mariners to move a player they just acquired, they would very likely recoup that which they gave up to acquire Dee and possibly much more.
How is this possible? Look at what the Mariners have already proven with Dee Gordon. We now know he can play a passable center field and can have success in the American League. With this knowledge, along with the previous fact of his Gold Glove ability at second, Dee Gordon should have more value than he did this winter.
The Mariners parted ways with number 2 prospect Nick Neidert and number 7 prospect Chris Torres to acquire Gordon and will demand at least a similar type of deal to even consider moving him. The 30-year-old is under contract until at least the 2020 season.
The Mariners could get a little more if they eat some of the contracts as well. If dealt this summer, Gordon would only cost the acquiring team $31.5 million over the final 2.5 years of his contract. A team like the Brewers who have a hoard of young talent and a potential need at second could be an interesting fit, and one the Mariners could explore this summer or over the winter months.