Trade: Marlins, Twins Strike A Deal


The Miami Marlins have acquired versatile infielder/outfielder Nick Gordon from the Minnesota Twins in a deal completed on Sunday.

In exchange, Miami sends left-hander Steven Okert to the Twin Cities.

Gordon is a former high-end prospect in baseball, having been the number five overall selection in the 2014 MLB draft. Nevertheless, It's a bit of a strange move for Miami, as Gordon will be joining a team in the Marlins that seems to have three players already with very similar skill sets. Jon Berti, Xavier Edwards, and Vidal Bruján have all played both the infield and the outfield in the majors, and all provide some speed, but not a lot of power. Gordon is no different.

The 28-year-old missed much of the 2023 season after suffering a right tibia fracture on May 17. Before that he had hit just .176 with a .503 OPS. 2022 saw his biggest contribution to the Twins when he accumulated 443 plate appearances and recorded a .272 batting average with nine home runs, 50 RBIs, and six stolen bases along with an OPS+ of 111.

In Okert, 32, the Twins get a six-year veteran reliever who has recorded an impressive 3.70 ERA in 194 career innings, along with a 1.17 WHIP.  He's struck out just over 10 battters per nine innings throughout his career. Across his three season in South Beach he posted a 123 ERA+ and a 1.17 WHIP while striking out 10.8 batters per nine.

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