AP source: Dee Gordon agrees to $50 million, 5-yr extension
MIAMI (AP) A person familiar with the negotiations says reigning NL batting champion Dee Gordon has agreed to terms on a $50 million, five-year contract extension with the Miami Marlins, avoiding salary arbitration.
The person confirmed the deal to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Wednesday because the decision hadn't been confirmed publicly.
Gordon led the majors last season with 205 hits and 58 stolen bases, and he batted .333. He became the first player to lead the NL in average and stolen bases since Jackie Robinson in 1949. Gordon also led all NL second basemen in fielding percentage.
The deal was the latest in a busy week for the Marlins. They signed left-hander Wei-Yin Chen to an $80 million, five-year deal, and also acquired right-hander Edwin Jackson and backup infielder Chris Johnson.