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.

White Sox acquire reliever Franklin German in trade with Red Sox

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CHICAGO — The Chicago White Sox acquired reliever Franklin German in a trade with the Boston Red Sox.

The White Sox sent minor league right-hander Theo Denlinger to Boston for German, who made his major league debut in September. Right-hander Jason Bilous was designated for assignment to make room for German on Chicago’s 40-man roster.

The 25-year-old German played for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Worcester for most of last season, going 5-2 with a 2.72 ERA and seven saves in in 43 relief appearances. The right-hander had no record and an 18.00 ERA in five appearances with the Red Sox.

German, a fourth-round pick in the 2018 amateur draft, was designated for assignment when Boston acquired reliever Richard Bleier in a trade with Miami.

The 26-year-old Denlinger had a 2-2 record and a 4.47 ERA in 40 appearances last season with Class A Winston-Salem and Double-A Birmingham. He was a seventh-round selection in the 2021 draft out of Bradley University.