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Marlins Reach Deal With Dynamic Dee

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After months of talks, the Miami Marlins and their reigning NL batting champion, Dee Gordon, have reached an agreement on a 5 year/$50 million deal. The Marlins’ second baseman had a breakout 2015 season which resulted in a batting title (with a .333 average), Silver Slugger, Gold Glove, the stolen base crown and an All-Star selection among other accolades. Dee Gordon got traded to Miami in December 2014 from the Los Angeles Dodgers. Dee, while having an All-Star season in 2014, benefited from the confidence that the Marlins instilled in him after the Dodgers seemed to have just given up on him.

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Dee Gordon racked up hit after hit right from the beginning of his time as a Fish. He never slowed down with the bat despite missing 2 weeks of play with a thumb injury in July. The skinny, 5’11” left handed hitter led MLB in hits with 205 and in stolen bases with 58. His 2015 performance was even more impressive considering that the Marlins had a disappointing season, being out of contention by the trade deadline, after many had picked them to make the play-offs. However, it is not far-fetched to believe the Miami Marlins can compete this upcoming 2016 season. They have the powerful Giancarlo Stanton, complemented by the lefty hitting phenom Christian Yelich, each who have also signed long term extensions.

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The Marlins’ expectations are also backed up by home run threat and 1st baseman Justin Bour, shortstop wizard Adeiny Hechavarria and outfielder Marcell Ozuna, who will now stay put after having his name mentioned in trade rumors. Ozuna has the potential to slug 30 home runs according to new manager Don Mattingly and new hitting coach Barry Bonds. In addition, they claim one of the greatest pitchers in the game when healthy in Jose Fernandez who now has a proven number two starter behind him: the newly acquired Wei-Yin Chen.

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Back to Dee Gordon, this extension is another pivotal step in a rewarding journey for the 27 year old second baseman. As mentioned, the Dodgers were ready to move on from Dee Gordon despite his potential with the bat, glove and speed. He was moved from his original position of shortstop to second base during the earlier part of his career. The adjustments took some time and he worked hard at improving at his new position by playing games in Puerto Rico in the off-season. He became even better at second base with the Marlins thanks to the coaching from infield guru Perry Hill. Dee continues to give credit to Perry Hill for his outstanding 2015 season. Despite being the son of former Major League pitcher Tom “Flash” Gordon, Dee did not begin playing baseball until he was in high school. His original focus was basketball. His younger brother Nick Gordon is a top prospect in the Minnesota Twins’ organization.

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Off the field, Dee’s contributions are even greater. He has been highly involved in giving back to the community. He held his 2nd annual Christmas basketball tournament this past December which benefits the Boys & Girls Club of his hometown Avon Park, FL. Dee Gordon has founded the Flash of Hope charity that helps children who have had a parent die as a result of domestic abuse. Things have really sped up nicely for Dee Gordon the past two years. Without a doubt, “Flash Jr.” is just beginning his sprint.

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