The Dee Gordon trade is probably one of the more polarizing issues with fans of the Los Angeles Dodgers. On the surface, it’s easy to break it down to the Dodgers sending Gordon – a second baseman with upside – for Howie Kendrick – once seen as a second baseman with tremendous upside.
Kendrick is now a free agent and Dee Gordon just led the NL in batting average, steals and hits – all in a season where he won the Gold Glove.
It’s safe to say the Dodgers didn’t anticipate all that production a season after they moved him. Here’s GM Farhan Zaidi speaking with Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times.
“I would say he exceeded our expectations,” Zaidi said. “I think he exceeded everybody’s expectations. That’s a testament to him and his work ethic and his ability to improve. There were definitely people in our organization that felt like he had shown that ability to improve.”