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Dee Gordon

Devaris Strange-Gordon

Height: 5'11"    Weight: 168

Bats/Throws: Left / Right

Born: 04/22/1988 in Windermere, Florida

Offseason home: Windermere, Florida

Acquired: In trade from the Miami Marlins, with international slot money, for Robert Dugger, Nick Neidert, and Christopher Torres (12/07/2017)

MLB Debut: 06/06/2011

Free Agent after: 2021 season

Twitter handle: @FlashGJr

Converted to center field to begin the season, lifetime middle infielder Gordon gamely took on the challenge. He worked hard to become a decent outfielder and did pretty well in the first quarter of the campaign despite some growing pains. Now, though, he finds himself shifted back to second base thanks to Robinson Canó's suspension. He has a Gold Glove award at second and undoubtedly provides better defense there than the Mariners' other in-house options would. It's not a move that is universally approved of, though; some feel that interrupting Gordon's center-field adjustment won't do him any favors when it comes time to move him back, and no one doubts that Canó will reclaim his second base position when he returns in August. But in the short term it does allow the M's to field their best options in the everyday lineup.

The speedy Gordon is at this writing batting well over .300 and leading the American League in steals, and along with shortstop Jean Segura has been taking the Mariner running game up to a level not seen in quite some time. Gordon is on pace to eclipse his 205-hit total of 2015, which was tops in the National League. With luck, the bouncing back and forth between center and second won't get in the way of his performance with the bat. 

The son of former Major League reliever Tom "Flash" Gordon, Dee spends a great deal of time and money on charitable causes. In addition to working with organizations in the Dominican Republic and that aid Syrian refugees, Gordon founded Flash of Hope, a program for children who have lost a parent to domestic violence—something he went through himself when his mother was shot and killed by an ex-boyfriend when Dee was six. It's a devastating experience, to be sure, and Gordon wants to help others through it. “I just want to show them that the world isn’t over for them," he said, "that they’re going to be all right.”

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