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Dee Gordon: “If there’s anybody I would move [from second base] for, it would be [Robinson Cano].”

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The Mariners acquired Dee Gordon from the Marlins on Thursday evening. He has played middle infield exclusively in the major leagues, but he is expected to move to center field in Seattle since the Mariners already have Robinson Cano at second base.

Following news of the trade, Gordon said he would normally be hesitant to switch positions, but Cano is one of the few players that would make him change his mind. Via T.J. Cotterill of the Tacoma News Tribune:

Yeah, wow, Robinson Cano is a dream come true for me to play with. I watched that guy play with my dad as a rookie. He’s always been awesome. It’s a dream. If I have to move, I’m not going to lie to you and just say, ‘Oh, yeah, let me move,’ because I worked really hard, really, really hard to become one of the best second basemen in baseball. But if there’s anybody I would move for, it would be Robbie.

There is already some consternation about Gordon’s move to center field from second base, mostly because of his arm. GM Jerry DiPoto isn’t concerned, however. Via Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times:

His first step, his acceleration is about as good as anybody in the league. We have him registered as one of the top three in Major League Baseball in those categories. And when you look at the two people in front of him, they are both center fielders. He has that explosive speed and athletic ability that really resonates at that position. And if you add to it, the fact that we have a Hall of Famer playing second base, then this was a way that we could be creative to add what we think is an impact player to our club.

Will Middlebrooks carted off field with injury

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Phillies third baseman Will Middlebrooks suffered a serious injury during Saturday’s Grapefruit League contest against the Orioles. The infielder was chasing down a pop fly in the eighth inning when he ran into left fielder Andrew Pullin, who inadvertently trapped Middlebrooks’ ankle under his leg. Middlebrooks was unable to put weight on his leg following the collision and was carted off the field and taken to a local hospital for X-rays.

Per MLB.com’s Todd Zolecki, not much is known yet about the severity of the ankle injury or the recovery time it will require, though it appears serious enough to set Middlebrooks back considerably as he seeks a backup/bench role with the team this spring.

The 29-year-old is currently seeking another opportunity to extend his six-year major-league career in 2018. He’s coming off of two down years with the Brewers and Rangers, during which he slashed a cumulative .169/.229/.262 with four extra bases through 70 plate appearances.