Baseball can change a lot over a two-year course. In 2017, the Marlins had a great starting lineup that featured Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto, with Dee Gordon igniting the offense from the leadoff spot. But overall, the team was mediocre and lacking a clear path to improve into a true contender. The following offseason (under new ownership), a full rebuild of the franchise began, and Gordon was the first of those familiar faces to be flipped for younger, more controllable talent.
Trading Gordon away meant two things for the Marlins organization:
1) Gaining budget flexibility—the speedy second baseman had $37 guaranteed million and three remaining years, plus a 2021 club option for $14 MM
2) Obtaining pieces to boost their ailing farm system
Now that we’ve had two full years to watch this transaction unfold, let’s look at how each of these players are performing. Have they lived up to the hype that comes by being included in a trade for a charismatic former All-Star who collected 201 hits…