Miami Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon has received an 80-game suspension from MLB after testing positive for performance enhancing drugs, according to multiple reports.

Gordon, who led the National League with a .333 batting average last season and got the starting nod in his second career All-Star Game, was off to a fairly average start in 2016, slashing .267/.283/.344 with six stolen bases and five extra base hits. The Marlins are off to a 10-11 start.

The Marlins signed Gordon to a five-year contract extension worth $50 million this past offseason. Many considered this a bargain for Miami, especially in a growing free agent market. Gordon will be forced to sit for half of the first season of his new deal.

Martin Prado could move over to second base in Gordon’s absence, allowing Derek Dietrich to see some playing time at third base.

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