The Mariners have a lot of long-term salary commitments going forward, with the likes of Jean Segura and Robinson Cano being signed until 2022 and 2023 respectively. Because of this, I think the Mariners could reasonably trade away Gordon for lower level prospects in return for taking on his salary.
Originally, Seattle traded two minor league pitchers and a minor league infielder to Miami in return for Gordon, so I believe the Mariners would be looking for a similar return.
My proposed trade would be:
Jordan Humphreys is the Mets 13th ranked prospect. A right-handed pitcher, Humphreys was selected by the Mets in the 2015 draft and quickly became one of the rookie league’s top pitchers when he first began playing in the minors. In 2017, he had a 10-1 record with a 1.79 ERA in 13 total starts while pitching between the St. Lucie Mets and Colombia Fireflies.
However, his 2017 season ended early after he underwent Tommy John surgery, which caused him to miss all of 2018 as well. He is only 22 years old and is projected to make a return in 2019. If he returns to form and continues to develop, he could be an asset to the Mariners in the future
Gavin Cecchini is a second baseman/shortstop and was a former 1st round draft pick for the Mets back in 2012. Last season, he only appeared in 31 games in AAA, but he batted .294 with a .342 OBP during that time. He’s already had a few brief stints in the majors for the Mets, but never produced in the way that they had hoped.
Still, he is only 24 years old and if he has a strong showing in the minors next year, could be called up to the majors for good next year.
Gerson Bautista was acquired by the Mets from the Red Sox back in 2017 in the Addison Reed trade. Bautista is a young relief pitcher with a live arm and a fastball that sits in the high 90s. However, his talent is still raw and lack control of his pitches.
He debuted for the Mets last year but was sent down to the minors after appearing in just 5 games due to inconsistency. Despite his lackluster debut last season, Bautista still does possess the talent to one day be a quality pitcher, an area the Mariners are looking to focus on as they restock their farm system.
The Bottom Line
Dee Gordon is a former All-Star and over the past few years, he has been viewed as one of the leagues best leadoff hitters and base stealers. He had a down year last year, but he still has a lot of natural talent as a hitter and baserunner, which are two areas the Mets desperately lacked in 2018.
While his salary is relatively high compared to the numbers he produced last year, he only has two years left on his deal and the money is not unreasonable if he performs like the player he was just two seasons ago.
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There’s a lot of potential upside to a trade like this, and if the Mets can get Gordon for a few prospects like these, who don’t appear to be in their immediate plans, then I think it is a deal worth taking.