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SportsMariners trade Zunino, Heredia to Rays for Mallex Smith in 5-player deal

22:01  08 november  2018
22:01  08 november  2018 Source:   thescore.com

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News of the deal came shortly after Zunino earned the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award for catchers. The 27-year-old backstop led all qualified This is the second time Smith has been traded to the Mariners . He was dealt to Seattle on Jan. 11, 2017, but was shipped to Tampa in a separate

The Mariners and Rays both crossed off an item on their offseason checklist Thursday, officially announcing a five - player trade that will send catcher Mike Zunino , outfielder Guillermo Heredia and minor league lefty Michael Plassmeyer from Seattle to Tampa in exchange for center fielder Mallex

Mariners trade Zunino, Heredia to Rays for Mallex Smith in 5-player deal© John McCoy / Getty Images Sport / Getty

The Seattle Mariners announced they traded catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia, and minor-league pitcher Michael Plassmeyer to the Tampa Bay Rays for outfielder Mallex Smith and minor-league outfielder Jake Fraley.

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News of the deal came shortly after Zunino earned the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year award for catchers.

The 27-year-old backstop led all qualified catchers with 12 defensive runs saved, according to FanGraphs. He only managed to hit .201/.259/.410 in 2018 but did belt 20 home runs. Zunino has two years left on his contract before he's eligible for free agency.

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The Mariners have completed a five - player trade with Tampa Bay that includes Mike Zunino and Guillermo Heredia going to the Rays and the Mariners By Shannon Drayer November 8, 2018 at 1:17 pm. The Mariners have re-acquired outfielder Mallex Smith in a five - player deal with the Rays .

Mallex Smith is heading back to Seattle. The Mariners on Thursday announced that they have acquired the veteran outfielder and minor-league outfielder Jake Fraley from the Rays . Seattle will send catcher Mike Zunino , outfielder Guillermo Heredia and minor-league left-handed pitcher Michael

Heredia, 27, appeared in 125 games for the Mariners in 2018, hitting .236/.318/.342. He offered Seattle defensive versatility by playing all three outfield positions and is under team control until the end of 2022.

The 25-year-old Smith is coming off his best season in the majors, slashing .296/.367/.406 with 10 triples and 40 steals.

This is the second time Smith has been traded to the Mariners. He was dealt to Seattle on Jan. 11, 2017, but was shipped to Tampa in a separate deal later that day.

Plassmeyer, 22, was drafted by the Mariners in the fourth round of the 2018 draft. He made 13 appearances, 12 starts, at Single-A Everett in 2018, posting a 2.25 ERA with 44 strikeouts in 24 innings.

The 23-year-old Fraley was a second-round pick by the Rays in 2016. He hit .347/.415/.547 with 41 RBIs and 11 steals for Charlotte of the Florida State League last season.

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Report: Mariners looking to move Cano, Seager.
The Seattle Mariners have been baseball's busiest team in the offseason trade market and they may not be done. The club is looking to trade infielders Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano in an effort to get their contracts off the books but neither is garnering much interest, a source tells Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports. General manager Jerry Dipoto said in early November the team was considering a "re-imagining" of the roster. The Mariners have alreadydealt catcher Mike Zunino to the Tampa Bay Rays and ace left-hander James Paxton to the New York Yankees, who reportedly also inquired about shortstop Jean Segura. Seager, 31, has $57.

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