Royals, Angels, Blue Jays in trade talks for Dee Gordon

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By: Luke Crabb | July 11, 2017 12:36 pm CT

MLB insider Jon Heyman, reports that the Royals, Angels, and Blue Jays are inquiring for Dee Gordon.

The Marlins sit 10 ½ games back in the NL East behind the Nationals. The Marlins have had a rough first half to their 2017, and have come to the realization that the team isn’t going to be making a playoff push.

The Marlins front office has had their attention disrupted with the organization looking for new ownership. Rumors of the team being bought by Derek Jeter and Jeb Bush have circulated throughout the season.

The team resigned slugger Giancarlo Stanton to a staggering 13-year $325 million deal back in 2014. With most of the money in his contract coming in the final six seasons – it’s highly unlikely for Stanton to opt out of this money.

Dee Gordon is currently on a 5-year $50 million-dollar deal that extends through 2021. Wherever he goes, that club will be taking a serious hit in salary. Gordon is scheduled to make $38 million over the next three years.

Gordon is currently sporting a slash line of .295/.342/.358. Following his NL batting title in 2015, Gordon served an 80-game suspension last season for violating the MLB’s performance enhancing drug policy.

With the 38-million-dollar price tag, at first glance I could see the Angels making a move to get Gordon. The current 2B for the Angels is Danny Espinosa who is well under the Mendoza line with a .162 average. The Angels haven’t had the same consistency at 2B since they lost Howie Kendrick in 2014.

The problem with the Angels is they’re 16 ½ games back from the Astros and three games out of the AL Wild Card. I think the Angels want to make the move, but will back off because of the salary hit with the implausible playoff run.

In Toronto, it’s the same story. The Blue Jays don’t look to be willing to take the salary hit when they’re 8 ½ game back in the American League East.

The Royals have been the hottest team in baseball at times in the first half. Some people are thinking, “the Royals have a second basemen, Whit Merrifield?”

But, Merrifield has been versatile in the field for the Royals, he has played 3B, LF, CF, RF. The Royals leadoff hitter started in RF on Friday and if this deal is going to happen, that’s where the Royals will likely play him.

If not for Paul Bunyan’s brother, Aaron Judge, and Dodgers bomber, Cody Bellinger – Whit Merrifield would be one of the games brightest young stars. Merrifeld, has been the surprise of the summer in Kansas City. Giving the team a steady leadoff man who is hitting .281/.319/.449.

The Royals made some moves this offseason to bring in DH Brandon Moss. This season, Moss has been hitting an abysmal .193/.265/.392.

If the Royals make the move, I anticipate Whit Merrifield moving to right field, Dee Gordon replacing him to play second base, and rookie Jorge Bonifacio moving to designated hitter.

It will be interesting the Marlins decide to deal Dee Gordon. The Royals GM Dayton Moore is going to be making moves before the July 31st trade deadline. It will be interesting to see if Dayton Moore is willing to give up what it’s going to take to bring in Dee Gordon.

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