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Dee Gordon calls Marlins’ moves ’embarrassing’

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Dee Gordon was traded from the Marlins to the Mariners in the first move made under the cost-cutting regime of the Marlins’ new owners. He was followed out the door by Giancarlo Stanton and Marcell Ozuna.

The Sun-Sentinal caught up with Gordon recently as he worked out, preparing to move to the outfield given that Robinson Cano is the Mariners second baseman. Gordon was asked about the Marlins new direction. He did not mince words:

“I didn’t ask for this . . . It’s terrible, it’s almost — I’m not even going to say almost. It’s embarrassing. It’s embarrassing. I don’t want to bash anyone, but what’s happened is not good . . . No disrespect to anybody, but those are your best three players. You let them go, not because they underperformed. But because of something you can’t take care of.”

“You” being new ownership and “making payroll” being the thing they can’t take care of.

Gordon might be expected to react negatively in any situation in which he is traded from a team he seemed to like. But this is not just a personal reaction. He seems, like many other people, to be confused how you can find over a billion dollars to buy a baseball team only to immediately pursue a course of austerity:

“At first it was like, ha ha ha, they bought the team and they’re going to trade us,” Gordon said. “We were like, there’s no way you can buy a team for $1 billion and have to trade everybody.”

Guess he was wrong about that. Guess he, like most people, did not understand that the Sherman/Jeter ownership bid was all about financing it with debt, paying off the debt with team revenue and, eventually one assumes, flipping the team for a profit.

Giants place Jeff Samardzija on 10-day disabled list with shoulder inflammation

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Giants right-hander Jeff Samardzija is heading back to the disabled list, per a team announcement on Sunday. Samardzija was diagnosed with another bout of inflammation in his right shoulder and will undergo further evaluation this week, though surgery is not currently being considered. A concrete timetable for his return to the rotation will not be set until the club knows the extent of his injury.

At this point in the season, Samardzija has seen far more time on the DL than he has on the mound. This will be his third trip there after missing a collective nine weeks with a pectoral strain and right shoulder rightness since the start of the year. When healthy, he put up a 1-5 record in 10 starts with a 6.25 ERA, 5.2 BB/9 and 6.0 SO/9 through just 44 2/3 innings in 2018.

In a corresponding move, infielder Kelby Tomlinson has been recalled from Triple-A Sacramento. Southpaw Derek Holland will slot into Samardzija’s spot in the rotation; he currently carries a 5-8 record across 18 starts and a 4.09 ERA, 3.4 B/9 and 9.1 SO/9 over 101 1/3 innings in 2018.