Dee Gordon Sent to Mariners, Moving to Center Field

The Mariners made a major move to entice Shohei Ohtani to the Emerald City, acquiring Dee Gordon on Thursday from the rebuilding Marlins for three minor leaguers: right-handed pitchers Robert Dugger and Nick Neidert, and infielder Christopher Torres.

Since Seattle already deploys entrenched veteran Robinson Cano at second base, Gordon will move to center field.

Seattle, who also acquired Ryon Healy to play first base last month, now boasts a dangerous offense that’ll likely be topped by Gordon and Jean Segura, giving the M’s two of the better speed demons in the American League.

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Trending Team of the Week

This week, let’s take a look at some players who have been trending upward over the last couple of weeks.

I’ll highlight one player at each of the five positions who has played well of late and could continue that trend in the coming weeks.

A few quick notes:

  1. While someone like Derrick Favors has excelled recently, he’s benefited from the absence of Rudy Gobert, and his value doesn’t appear sustainable, especially after Gobert returned to action Monday night. The list below does not include players who have seen an obvious bump in production due to an injury.
  2. The players that I will discuss are owned in most formats, so they are not guys you can go running to the waiver wire to pick up. They are players who, if you own, you could try to sell high on. Alternatively, you could try and buy low on these players if you suspect that their owner is not as high on them as they should be.
  3. Finally, I’ll list the players as a team — one player at each position. This way, it is easier to insert them in a position-for-position trade offer.

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Week 13 Observations

It was the first Sunday in nearly 20 years that neither Manning was starting at quarterback. Good riddance to both – I always disliked Peyton and his pitch perfect interview tone, both calculatingly self-deprecating and slyly in on the joke. The embarrassingly sycophantic media slobbering over him only made it worse. Let his great play speak for itself, Joe Buck, no need to act like he’s a genius for snapping the ball while the 12th defender still has one foot on the field.

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