Seattle picked up more money it can offer Shohei Ohanti. And no, Robinson Cano isn’t going anywhere; the Mariners have other plans for Dee Gordon.
The Mariners have found their starting centerfielder in a second baseman.
No, Robinson Cano isn’t shifting positions. He’s staying put. But on Thursday, Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto traded for a different all-star second baseman to play the prime outfield spot, acquiring Dee Gordon — a two-time All-Star — from the Marlins.
Gordon has never played the position in a Major League game, but he played centerfield in nine games for Licey in the Dominican Winter League in 2013-14. He also played left and right field in that stint as well.
“I don’t think the transition to centerfield will be a terribly difficult one for him,” Dipoto said.”He actually doesn’t live too far from Ken Griffey Jr. So I think he’s actually reaching out for a little assistance. We are thrilled to have him. It allows us to play that fast, athletic game we’ve been looking for and we do trust that the ability for him to acclimate himself into centerfield will be a pretty seamless transition for him.”
But of course, no move this offseason could not feature some aspect of the quest for Shohei Ohtani. Seattle also picked up another $1 million in international pool money to sweeten their bonus offer to the Japanese hitting and pitching standout. That additional money gives the Mariners $3.557 million in their bonus pool, moving ahead of the Texas Rangers at $3.53 million for the most to offer.
“It’s good to have,” Dipoto said abruptly and didn’t expound on any further.
The Mariners could try to add more to increase their pool, but they are limited by the collective bargaining agreement.
“We are getting pretty close to capping out,” he said. “You can only acquire 75 percent of your initial pool. We still have some space to add. And as you may have figured out in the last few weeks, especially the last couple of days, we’ve been fairly aggressive in so doing.”
In exchange, the Mariners sent top pitching prospect…