According to Yahoo Sports' Jeff Passan, Seattle acquired speedy second baseman Dee Gordon from the Marlins, who are starting their fire sale there instead of with Stanton. With the trade, the Mariners now have $3,557,500 in worldwide bonus pool money, which pushes them ahead of the Rangers ($3,535,000) for the most global bonus pool money in the Ohtani sweepstakes. According to reports, that money amounts to $1 million in pool funds.
"Dee provides us with a dynamic presence at the top of our lineup", Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "It's a conversation that's already occurred". His athletic ability is obvious to those who watch, but his ability to close ground, and more specifically, his launchability, that first-step burst that Dee gets is on par with the elite center fielders in baseball. "We feel like that gives him a chance to be a separator in center field".
Coming off a National League batting title in 2015, with a league-leading 205 hits and 58 stolen bases, Gordon signed a five-year $50 million deal with the Marlins in January of 2016. Gordon hit.308/.341/.375 in 158 games for the Marlins in 2017, although he has never played the outfield in the major leagues. He'll be owed $1 million if the Mariners decline the 2021 option. So the Marlins are getting some nice salary relief with the trade, while the Mariners are taking on the substantial commitment.