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New 3B? Thursday, May 27, 2010

Posted by jkcmason in Mariners.

This post is not based off of any reports or rumors. It is simply a thought that has been bouncing through my mind that I wanted get peoples opinions about.

I love trying to predict what players have the potential to break out and finding undervalued guys around the league. Players that could potentially help the Mariners. I enjoy rooting for a comeback player and the thought that just a simple change of scenery can completely revamp a player.

This is why when I look at Alex Gordon I wonder how our front office isn’t drooling. I want Alex Gordon in a Mariners uniform. I will give my left pinky toe if they can work out a deal today, and then I will go out tomorrow and buy and Alex Gordon Mariner’s uniform.

If there were ever two players that needed a change of scenery they are Alex Gordon and Jose Lopez.

The Kansas City Royals have lost faith in Gordon and have shipped him back to the minors where he is learning to play left field. With his limited look in the minors Gordon is destroying the ball. He currently has a 1.203 OPS in his 77 at bats in Omaha.

Jose Lopez had a very solid year in 2009. He hit 25 home runs with 96 RBIs and an OPS of .766 and surprisingly average defense at second base. How do the fans and front office reward one of the only above average bats in the lineup? The fans basically abandoned him and asked for him to be traded because he doesn’t play a Zduriencik style of baseball. The front office promptly signed a new second baseman and made Lopez change positions to increase his trade value. It is kinda easy to understand that the guy is suddenly hitting .213 with 1 home run and a .505 OPS. I sure wouldn’t be incredibly motivated to play here.

What do I like about Gordon?

1- He has potential

in 2005 he was named the No. 1 college draft prospect by Baseball America as well as the 2nd-best overall prospect, best pure collegiate hitter, the 2nd-best collegiate 5-tool talent, 2nd-best collegiate power hitter, best collegiate strike-zone judgment and 2nd-closest to the Majors among collegiate players.

In 2007 and 2008 he put up decent numbers between the ages of 23 and 24. In 2009 and 2010 he did not played to potential, but he is still only 26 years old.

2- He has a more patient left handed bat that could fit well in Safeco field and the Mariner’s lineup.

3- He is a new face that could help the team wake up. Players like Figgins, Bradley and Kotchman need something to change.

4- If the Royals have lost faith in him then he likely will not be incredibly expensive to acquire.

5- His defense is nothing spectacular, but is solid.

It would likely take two separate trades or a three way deal to bring Gordon to Seattle. The Royals will not be excited about Lopez because they currently have Alberto Callaspo to play second base and Mike Moustakas is deemed to be their 3B of the future and he is playing extremely well in AA Northwest Arkansas.

I can see how some people might not agree with me on this post. as there is potential for Gordon to block a player like Ackley. In my opinion it is never a bad idea to improve the team that you put on the field.



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