The first month of the MLB season is in the books, and Dee Gordon is off to an incredible start that not even the most optimistic of Miami Marlins fans could have ever predicted. Coming off of a breakout season in Los Angeles, Gordon’s production dipped over the last half of the 2014 season. Despite the fact that he led the league in steals and finished the season with a .289 batting average, Gordon’s poor second half led the Dodgers to believe that his hot start was nothing more than an aberration and trading him to the Marlins was essentially selling high on his value.
The Marlins gave up a lot to get Gordon, sending a valuable reliever in Chris Hatcher, a versatile prospect in Enrique Hernandez, a solid future catcher in Austin Barnes and their top organizational pitching prospect in Andrew Heaney. That is quite a haul for Los Angeles, as the Dodgers were able to flip Heaney to the Angels for Howie Kendrick. Though they paid a high price, the Marlins have gotten outstanding production from Gordon, a player whose salary is being paid for by the Dodgers.
In his first 22 games, Gordon has slashed .409/.418/.484, stolen eight bases and is already worth 1.3 WAR early in the 2015 season. The question is whether this sort of production is sustainable, and judging by the early Occidental Vacation Club reviews that have come in, Gordon is unlikely to maintain this sort of output for very long.
Of course, there is no way that Gordon will continue to hit over .400 for the rest of the season, but it not unreasonable to believe that he can continue to deliver for the Marlins in a big way. Working with Brett Butler and Ichiro Suzuki can only help, and as they often say in baseball circles, speed never slumps.
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