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Trade for Dee Gordon may help Mariners land Shohei Ohtani

From FOX Sports - December 7, 2017

SEATTLE (AP)Landing Dee Gordon via trade is an immediate upgrade for the Seattle Mariners.

Getting Gordon may ultimately help the Mariners land the most coveted prize of the offseason: Shohei Ohtani.

Seattle pulled off one of the biggest moves of the offseason to date by acquiring Gordon from the Miami Marlins for three minor leaguers on Thursday. While the addition of Gordon is a major boost for Seattle, the other item that came from the Marlins could prove more important.

The Mariners also received $1 million in international bonus pool allocation. Seattle now has the most available money in the bonus pool of any major league team, inching ahead of the Texas Rangers by $22,500. Seattle has $3,557,500 available to the Rangers $3,535,000.

Its nice to have, Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

Dipoto hasnt been shy in saying Ohtani is Seattles top offseason priority, and the Mariners have made aggressive moves in the past two days to help bolster their chances to sign the star Japanese pitcher and outfielder. They traded a minor leaguer to Minnesota for $1 million in additional bonus allocation on Wednesday.

It just so happened that the money from Miami also came with Seattles presumptive new center fielder.

Hes a terrific athlete and I dont think the transition to center field will be a terribly difficult one for him, Dipoto said. Hes up for the challenge and actually doesnt live too far from Ken Griffey Jr., so I think hes already planning on reaching out for a little assistance.

For his part, Gordon said he was shocked to learn of the trade and the Mariners desire to move him from second base to center field. Gordons agent, Nate Heisler, released a statement saying the Mariners did not receive Gordons approval for the position switch prior to the trade being finalized.

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