May 11, 2015; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (left) and Los Angeles Dodgers outfielder Andre Ethier before the game at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports
4. Trading Dee Gordon
Lets get this straight. The Dodgers fleeced the Marlins in this trade. Dan Haren and Miguel Rojas have been decent for Miami, but the Dodgers got an excellent return for basically a few good months of Gordon.
Given his peripherals last year, many figured a huge regression was coming for Gordon and that the Dodgers were doing the right thing by selling high. And they absolutely did. They got a top pitching prospect that they turned into Howie Kendrick. They got Kiké Hernandez, a very young, versatile player with a lot of team control and a seemingly incredible clubhouse presence. They got Austin Barnes, a versatile young player who holds nearly a .400 OBP in five minor league seasons. And they got Chris Hatcher, who struggled before being placed on the DL this year, but his .375 BABIP against and 3.18 FIP (compared to a 6.38 ERA) both suggest that he would eventually turn it around.
Replacing Gordon with Kendrick was a great decision, but the Dodgers are still missing out on a career year for Gordon. While Kendrick has been nothing but great for the Dodgers, Gordon has seemingly taken the next step and has turned into arguably the best second baseman in the NL. His .338 average is definitely aided by a .403 BABIP and his OBP is still atrocious for a leadoff hitter with that high of a batting average (.359, with only 12 walks this season). His 33 steals would be nice for a Dodger team that seemingly struggles to manufacture runs at times and only has 19 total steals this season.
As a whole, the Dodgers definitely got the better side of that trade. However, it will probably be a few years before that becomes completely clear. Gordon’s doing well in Miami, and the Dodgers could definitely use his speed on the basepaths this year.