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Miami Marlins rumors: Progress being made on Dee Gordon extension

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Gordon could receive an extension this winter.

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Miami expressed interest in extending Dee Gordon once the season ended, and the Marlins are "making progress" on a potential new deal, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro.

Why this rumor makes sense

The Marlins reportedly had preliminary talks with Gordon's agent heading into the Winter Meetings, so the fact the conversations are ongoing is not surprising. Miami acquired Gordon at last year's meetings and he had a notable amount of success with the club last season.

When the Marlins added Gordon, they didn't have much second base depth and that is still the case.

At 27, Gordon batted .333/.359/.418 to complement four home runs, 46 RBIs and 58 stolen bases. He thrived at the top of Miami's lineup and could be rewarded with a large deal this off-season.

Since the Marlins lack other second base options, the organization might be in a hurry to get Gordon extended. The organization has attempted to extend Marcell Ozuna, Jose Fernandez and Adeiny Hechavarria in the past, however the Gordon deal could be the first that gets done.

Why this rumor does not make sense

Although Gordon thrived with the Marlins last season, the club might not be in a position to reward him with a lengthy deal. Gordon has indicated he can be a plus second baseman and can get on base consistently, however the Marlins could wait to attempt to extend him in the event he regresses significantly in 2016.

Miami does not have a clear replacement for Gordon, and he and his agent almost certainly know that. Gordon's agent, Rick Thurman, could try and use that fact to get Gordon a more valuable deal, which the Marlins might not end up agreeing to.

Beyond the 13-year deal Giancarlo Stanton received last November, the Marlins have not been known to sign players to extensive deals. Gordon might be deserving of one, but there is no guarantee he gets one.

Likeliness overall: 8/10

Gordon will likely be extended because the Marlins have little second base depth and he is coming off of the best season of his major league career.