Mariners acquire Dee Gordon from Marlins

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The Mariners announced that the club has acquired second baseman Dee Gordon from the Marlins in exchange for minor leaguers Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert, and Christopher Torres. They will also receive $1 million in international slot money, per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand.

Gordon, 29, finished the 2017 season batting .308/.341/.375 with 114 runs scored and a major league best 60 stolen bases in 695 plate appearances. He’s under contract through 2020, earning $10.5 million this coming season, $13 million in 2019, and $13.5 million in 2020. He has a club option for 2021 worth $14 million with a $1 million buyout.

Dugger, 22, was selected by the Mariners in the 18th round of the 2016 draft. This past season, between Single-A Clinton and High-A Modesto, the right-hander posted a combined 2.75 ERA with a 116/32 K/BB ratio in 117 2/3 innings.

Neidert, 21, was selected by the Mariners in the second round of the 2015 draft. Between Modesto and Double-A Arkansas, the right-hander put up a combined 3.45 ERA with a 122/22 K/BB ratio in 127 2/3 innings. MLB Pipeline rated him the Mariners’ second-best prospect.

Torres, 19, was signed by the Mariners as an international free agent in August 2014. The infielder spent most of last season at Low-A Everett, batting .238/.324/.435 in 220 plate appearances. MLB Pipeline rated him as the seventh-best prospect in the Mariners’ system.

The Marlins have made no secret that they are trying to cut payroll. Giancarlo Stanton has been dominating the trade rumor headlines this offseason, but the Marlins are willing to trade almost anyone on the roster. Presumably, the Mariners are picking up most or all of Gordon’s remaining contract. [Update: They are, per Feinsand.]

Second base is already spoken for in Seattle with Robinson Cano, as is shortstop with Jean Segura. This suggests that Gordon will move to center field.

The Mariners now have $3.557 million in international slot money, giving them the most among the seven finalists in the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes.

Aaron Judge out of Yankees starting lineup for finale after No. 62

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ARLINGTON, Texas — Yankees slugger Aaron Judge wasn’t in the starting lineup for New York’s regular-season finale, a day after his 62nd home run that broke Roger Maris’ 61-year-old American League single-season record.

When Judge homered in the first inning Tuesday night, in the second game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers, it was his 55th consecutive game. He has played in 157 games overall for the AL East champions.

With the first-round bye in the playoffs, the Yankees won’t open postseason play until the AL Division Series starts next Tuesday.

Even though Judge had indicated that he hoped to play Wednesday, manager Aaron Boone said after Tuesday night’s game that they would have a conversation and see what made the most sense.

“Short conversation,” Boone said before Wednesday’s game, adding that he was “pretty set on probably giving him the day today.”

Asked if there was a scenario in which Judge would pinch hit, Boone responded, “I hope not.”

Judge went into the final day of the regular season batting .311, trailing American League batting average leader Minnesota’s Luis Arraez, who was hitting .315. Judge was a wide leader in the other Triple Crown categories, with his 62 homers and 131 RBIs.

Boone said that “probably the one temptation” to play Judge had been the long shot chance the slugger had to become the first AL Triple Crown winner since Detroit’s Miguel Cabrera in 2012.