Toronto Blue Jays showing “sincere interest” in Dee Gordon

MIAMI, FL - JULY 17: Dee Gordon
MIAMI, FL - JULY 17: Dee Gordon /

The Toronto Blue Jays continue to be linked to Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon, but another team is now reportedly expressing interest, too.

Rumours connecting the Toronto Blue Jays to Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon have been floating around the baseball world for the past week and bit now, starting with this report from Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

Well, the Blue Jays interest in Gordon has not died down and, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale, Toronto has expressed “sincere interest” in the 29-year-old infielder. Nightengale also mentioned the Philadelphia Phillies as a potential candidate to acquire Gordon.

Considering the Phillies have also expressed interest in Marlins outfielder Christian Yelich, it’s no surprise to hear they’re also interested in Gordon. Despite their abysmal 30-61 record, it makes sense for the Phillies to at least inquire about players like Gordon and Yelich since it’s rare for young players of their caliber to be traded.

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From the Blue Jays’ perspective, it’s more of what we’ve been hearing for the past week and a bit. By the sounds of it, the team is high on Gordon and they’re interest is not dying down. With Devon Travis on the 60-day disabled list after having his right knee cleaned, the team not only has a glaring hole at second base for this season, but possibly for the future too. It’s no secret Travis has struggled to stay healthy and it’s hard to believe Blue Jays’ management is optimistic about him. I mean, why would they be linked to Gordon if they were confident Travis could return?

With Gordon under team control until the end of the 2020 season, he could be the long-term solution the Jays are seeking at second base. His remaining salary, which contains roughly $37 million guaranteed, shouldn’t be an issue for Toronto, but who knows what ownership will allow this team to work with going forward. If the past few seasons are any indication, though, it seems like the Jays will continue to operate with one of the league’s higher payrolls.

What the potential cost to acquire Gordon is will be interesting to hear, but I would guess any package to acquire Gordon will depend on whether or not the team is willing to take on his full salary, since we all know Jeffrey Loria is as frugal as they come. Financials aside, I would imagine the Marlins will be seeking prospects in return as they continue their never-ending rebuild.

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