The Los Angeles Dodgers have reportedly let teams know that their speedy All-Star second baseman/shortstop, Dee Gordon, is available in trade talks.
Gordon, 26, made his first All-Star team last year and hit.289/.326/.378 on the season. He led all of baseball with 12 triples and 64 stolen bases.
He is arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter and is projected to earn $2.5 million next season. Gordon is team-controlled through 2018, but gained an extra year of arbitration eligibility as a “Super Two” player.
He played primarily second base in 2014, but has more than 1,300 innings at shortstop as a big leaguer. His defense doesn’t grade out particularly well by advanced metrics at either position, but he could still prove to be an option for clubs looking to improve up the middle.
The Dodgers, under new president of baseball operations Andrew Friedman, are placing a higher value on players who can get on-base and Gordon’s career .314 OBP isn’t particularly inspiring.
If Los Angeles is truly willing to move him, it’s hard to imagine they won’t get plenty of phone calls about the speedster.
In fact, I’d expect the caller ID on the very first call to say “Sandy Alderson.”