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Mariners make first big offseason move, acquire two-time All-Star Dee Gordon

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Mariners make first big offseason move, acquire two-time All-Star Dee Gordon

MIAMI — Miami second baseman Dee Gordon has been traded to the Seattle Mariners for three prospects in a deal that marks the start of the Marlins' latest payroll purge, this time under new CEO Derek Jeter.

The Marlins want to cut their payroll by more than 20 percent to $90 million or less, which is why NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton is also on the trading block.

Seattle has eight-time All-Star Robinson Cano at second base and is expected to move Gordon to center field. While Gordon has never played center in the majors, the Mariners believe he can make the transition and fill perhaps the biggest remaining need among their position players.

Miami acquired right-hander Nick Neidert, the Mariners' No. 2 prospect, along with infielder Chris Torres and right-hander Robert Dugger. Seattle gets international signing bonus pool allotment, boosting the amount it can offer Japanese star pitcher and outfielder Shohei Ohtani.

A's fall back to second in AL West after loss in finale to Astros

A's fall back to second in AL West after loss in finale to Astros

OAKLAND — Yuli Gurriel, Evan Gattis, Martin Maldonado, Alex Bregman, and Marwin Gonzalez all homered, and the Astros salvaged the series finale against the A's with a 9-4 win. Maldonado also came a single shy of hitting for the cycle.

The A's belted three home runs of their own, two from Khris Davis and another from Matt Chapman, but that was all the offense they could muster. The loss drops Oakland to 74-50, one game behind Houston in the AL West. The A's remain 3 1/2 games ahead of Seattle for the second Wild Card spot, thanks to the Dodgers' win over the Mariners.

Here's what else you need to know from Sunday's defeat...

--- Davis officially owns Justin Verlander. Following his three-hit, two-home run performance Sunday, Davis is 6-for-11 with four home runs and a double in his career against the former MVP. Davis now has six multi-home run games this season and 21 in his career. He ranks third in MLB with 36 home runs and second with 98 RBI.

--- Chapman's home run was his 17th of the season. He hit it to dead center field off Verlander in the first inning. Chapman is batting .311 in August, with four homers and 10 RBI, raising his season average to .276.

--- Sean Manaea had a rough outing, lasting just four innings and allowing six earned runs on nine hits. Manaea started out well, retiring seven of the first eight Astros he faced, but got knocked around his second time through the lineup. The A's left-hander falls to 11-9 on the season with a 3.70 ERA.

--- Lou Trivino had a strong bounce-back performance, pitching a perfect fifth inning. Trivino entered with runners on first and second, but induced a Gurriel double play and Carlos Correa flyout to strand the runners. After a spectacular first half of the season, Trivino had allowed four earned runs in his previous 4 2/3 innings, prompting some questions about fatigue. But his velocity has remained high, and he looked like the old Trivino Sunday.

Former A's outfielder Josh Reddick clarifies 'meaningful' comments

Former A's outfielder Josh Reddick clarifies 'meaningful' comments

Former A's outfielder Josh Reddick hasn't exactly warmed himself to his old fans this weekend.

On Friday, the Houston Astros outfielder tweeted his displeasure with the umpires overturning a close play at the plate, allowing the A's to tie (and eventually) win the game to move one game back in the AL West. What he said Friday, however, raised even more eyebrows.

Reddick was asked by a reporter afterwards what it was like being part of such an intense, back-and-forth game, and gave a response that Oakland fans were none too pleased with.

"It was fun," Reddick said Friday. "Playing some meaningful baseball in this ballpark doesn't come around a whole lot. As a guy who's been in it before in the past, it's a lot of fun when the fans do come out here. They really make a lot of noise and make it loud here, so it's a lot of fun to be a part of."

He clarified Saturday that his Astros had not played many meaningful baseball games at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum, according to the San Francisco Chronicle's Susan Slusser, but the damage was done. The replies to the above tweet were a preview of what was to come, and Reddick drew boos from the crowd.

Reddick once again took to Twitter Saturday evening, hours after the A's moved into a tie for first place with the Astros in the AL West, and said his comments Friday were "taken out of context." 

"I never meant that 'meaningful' games were never played at Rickey Henderson Field," Reddick wrote. "I played for [five] years in a great organization where I played in a lot of memorable baseball games. [Three] of those years were playoff teams and VERY meaningful games ... I would NEVER bash Oakland or the fan base regardless of who I play for. That being said, I'm happy for all those guys in that clubhouse. It's good to see them winning and playing so well."

Reddick played 596 games in parts of five seasons in Oakland, by far his longest tenure with any big-league team. Since leaving Oakland in a 2016 trade to the Los Angeles Dodgers, Reddick is batting .326 with five doubles, two homers, and 14 RBI in 114 plate appearances against his old club. He won his first World Series last season with Houston.