Days after trading Orlando Arcia to the Braves, the Brewers quickly add depth to their infield. Sources have told The Athletic that the Brewers have come to a minor-league contract agreement with speedster, Dee Strange-Gordon.
The former Seattle Mariner came into the bigs with the LA Dodgers in 2011, had a three year stint with the Marlins, and boasts a career batting average of .286 and ridiculous speed on the base paths.
Along with his incredible speed, Strange-Gordon is known for hitting one of the most emotional home runs in baseball history. After the passing of friend and teammate, Jose Fernandez, Dee, typically a left handed hitter, took the first pitch batting as a right handed hitter while wearing the batting helmet of Fernandez. Dee then went back to batting left handed and launched a home run.
Primarily a second baseman, Strange-Gordon also has experience at the shortstop position and will likely play a utility roll, filling in around the infield. The transition to the Brewers also includes a reunion with former Marlins teammate, Christian Yelich who played with Strange-Gordon from 2015 to 2017.
In October 2020, the Mariners announced they would not be picking up the former all star’s $17 million option and instead paid the $1 million buy out. Dee Strange-Gordon was then briefly in the Red’s minor league system but was released before the start of the 2021 season.