The Miami Marlins reeled in another former top prospect on Sunday, acquiring infielder/outfielder Nick Gordon from the Minnesota Twins in exchange for left-handed reliever Steven Okert. This marks the second consecutive offseason trade between the two clubs, following last year's deal that sent Luis Arraez to Miami.
Gordon, the younger brother of former Marlin Dee Strange-Gordon, was once a highly-touted prospect, selected fifth overall in the 2014 draft. He's flashed potential, but injuries and inconsistencies have hampered his progress. After a career-low .185 average in 2023, the Twins deemed him expendable.
The gamble for the Marlins lies in Gordon's versatility and speed. He can play multiple positions, providing depth, and boasts a career 22 stolen bases in 243 games. They hope a change of scenery unlocks his talent for a bounce-back season.
Okert, a 32-year-old lefty, arrives in Minnesota with a proven track record. He posted a 4.45 ERA in 64 appearances for the Marlins last season, adding valuable southpaw depth to the Twins' bullpen alongside Caleb Thielbar.
Both sides take risks. The Marlins gamble on potential, the Twins lose a versatile infielder, and both players enter crucial years seeking to prove themselves on new teams. Only time will tell if this trade is a splash hit or a strikeout, but it adds intrigue to the upcoming season.