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Marlins Acquire Nick Gordon



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.

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I wish Okert well on his new team. I think the presence of Gordon potentially in the lineup will be noticed right away in Spring training. Assuming he stays healthy for most of the year, it could turn out to be a good move for the fish. Would be absolutely hilarious if Gordon wins the CF job and Jazz moves back to SS!

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