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Trade for Dee Gordon may help Mariners land Shohei Ohtani

Landing Dee Gordon via trade is an immediate upgrade for the Seattle Mariners.

Getting Gordon may ultimately help the Mariners land the most coveted prize of the offseason: Shohei Ohtani.

Seattle pulled off one of the biggest moves of the offseason to date by acquiring Gordon from the Miami Marlins for three minor leaguers on Thursday. While the addition of Gordon is a major boost for Seattle, the other item that came from the Marlins could prove more important.

The Mariners also received $1 million in international bonus pool allocation. Seattle now has the most available money in the bonus pool of any major league team, inching ahead of the Texas Rangers by $22,500....