Sport Where does Dee Gordon fit in with the Mariners?

01:45  08 december  2017
01:45  08 december  2017 Source:   Sporting News

Celtic to try and buy a stake in an Australian team

  Celtic to try and buy a stake in an Australian team The Daily Record is reporting that Celtic have made an approach to buy an ownership stake in A-league side Central Coast Mariners. The Hoops have had dealt with the New South Wales club before when they signed Tom Rogic. Now it is understood that they have returned to try and buy an ownership stake in the club but are also considering a move for Brisbane Roar. Mariners chairman Mike Charlesworth said: “I’m not surprised about their interest based on a new A-League operating model because I think it’s got a lot of potential.” “Frankly, I haven’t personally spoken to anyone at Celtic, that’s been handled by [chief executive] Shaun [Mielekamp] and [chief financial officer] Kathy [Duncan].” It is believed that there is a lot of talent, like Rogic, waiting to be uncovered in the country after the Socceroos made it to the World Cup for the fourth time in a row earlier this year. Acquiring a controlling stake at a club in the emerging market there could mean that Celtic reap the rewards in the future. Should any deal go through, it would not be the first time that a British club has bought a controlling stake in an Australian club after Manchester City gained control of Melbourne City in 2014.

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The Mariners continued their aggressive offseason Thursday by acquiring Marlins speedster Dee Gordon.

Gordon, predominantly known as a second baseman throughout his seven-year MLB career, appears to be in for a position change to center field. The Marlins already have Robinson Cano occupying second, and the eight-time All-Star isn't moving positions any time soon.

Speed and patience at the plate have helped Gordon become one of the best leadoff hitters in baseball over the last three years, but there have been some questions regarding his defense — even at second. Arm strength could be an issue for Gordon in center field.

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From an offensive standpoint, the move instantly makes Seattle better. Its lineup is rich with power bats like Cano, Nelson Cruz, Kyle Seager and recently acquired Ryon Healy, but Gordon provides stability at the plate and savvy base-running to help balance the lineup.

After serving an 80-game performance-enhancing drug suspension in 2016, Gordon returned this season with a .308/.341/.375 slash line with 114 runs scored and 60 stolen bases. He also struck out just 93 times.

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The Mariners are also in play for Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani, an outfielder and pitcher, but they're running out of open positions.

Gordon wants to be Celtic’s most decorated keeper

  Gordon wants to be Celtic’s most decorated keeper Celtic’s Craig Gordon wants to become the club’s most decorated goalkeeper of all time, the Evening Times report. Gordon, who turns 35 on New Year’s Eve, has been with the club since 2014, winning seven major honours with the Hoops. The Scottish international has racked up three league titles, three League Cups and a Scottish Cup during his time at Celtic Park, and isn’t far off catching legendary Hoops keepers Packie Bonner and Ronnie Simpson in the major honours leaderboard. Despite his age, Gordon is showing no signs of his career coming to a close, with Scotland’s number one just two caps away from becoming Scotland’s second most capped keeper in history. Gordon was linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer, with the Premier League champions looking for a back-up goalkeeper, but the Scotsman stayed with Celtic. As Celtic prepare for their trip to Hibernian on the weekend, where they will look to stretch their domestic unbeaten run to 68 games, Gordon admitted he would love to become the Hoops’ all time most decorated keeper. “I am two major honours behind Packie Bonner and not far behind Ronnie Simpson, so I will try and get to that and surpass them to be the most decorated goalkeeper in Celtic’s history. That would be a great thing to achieve. It would be huge for me.

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With new owners taking over in Miami this offseason, payroll was always destined to take a slash. Gordon has $38 million guaranteed left on his contract, plus a $14 million club option in 2021. The Marlins are also shopping reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton and his massive contract, possibly signaling a new era for the team.

The Mariners missed on the postseason this year, but they've already made positive moves to avoid the same fate next season.

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