After lots of talk about it, the Miami Marlins and Dee Gordon finally agreed to a contract extension, according to Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports.
Sources: Dee Gordon, #Marlins have agreement in principle, five years, $50M with $14M vesting option for sixth year.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 14, 2016
Guaranteed portion of Gordon deal with #Marlins covers remaining three years of arbitration and two years of free agency.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) January 14, 2016
Gordon, 27, is coming off of his first season with the Marlins and it was a good one. The former Dodger played in 145 games for the Marlins, sporting a .333/.359/.418 line with 58 stole bases and 205 hits, both of those marks led the National League. This big season from Gordon earned him All-Star honors, along with a Golden Glove and a Silver Slugger.
The key of this deal from the Marlins is that they bought out the rest of Gordon's arbitration and two years of free agency, giving them financial flexibility to add to their pool of talent. Gordon joins Giancarlo Stanton and Christian Yelich as position players that have been locked up for the long term by the Marlins. This gives them a core of young talent to build around, potentially opening the door for them to compete again for the NL East in the coming years.