Well, Dee, it was a lot of fun. But the time is now. We know the Mariners will be highly motivated to find a taker for Gordon, even if it means eating much of that contract to do it. With just 1-year left on his deal and Shed Long needing extended reps at second base, Dee Gordon’s time in Seattle should end after his second year.
Though he never was great on the field, Gordon would leave behind a solid legacy in Seattle and is a sizeable presence in the clubhouse. Always able to crack a smile and never take things too seriously, Dee was a clubhouse favorite for his 2 years in Seattle, but his on the field production can’t be ignored. He was disappointing, to say the least.
And now he is taking up space on the roster and there is no real incentive to keep him on the roster. Gordon’s name, reputation, and relative cheapness to acquire should create a decent market for him, especially when considering that Dipoto will likely eat a large portion of the remaining deal.
Seattle is motivated to move him and the market should be good enough to find a taker, especially when you factor in the mediocre free-agent second base class this off-season.
Teams that may be interested in Gordon include the Dodgers, Rockies, Nationals, and Giants.