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SportMLB trade news: Mariners acquire Mallex Smith in 5-player trade with Rays

20:20  08 november  2018
20:20  08 november  2018 Source:   sportingnews.com

MLB trade rumors: Mariners 'working to finish' deal sending C Mike Zunino to Rays for OF Mallex Smith

MLB trade rumors: Mariners 'working to finish' deal sending C Mike Zunino to Rays for OF Mallex Smith The Mariners may have decided to move on from their 2012 first-round pick, according to the Seattle Times.

The first trade of consequence this offseason has been agreed upon, per multiple reports. The Rays are sending outfielder Mallex Smith back to the The bat probably isn't why the Rays acquired him, though. They didn't have an obvious starter heading to the season behind the plate and Zunino is an

"This is a trade that makes us a more complete club in the present while also offering impact beyond this season,” said Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto in a Denard Span adds length to our lineup as a steady and smart player with consistent on-base skills in addition to a veteran presence that enhances our

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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 Plassmeyer to Tampa Bay in return.

"Bringing Mallex back home to Seattle is exciting for us all," general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. "His combination of speed, baserunning impact, defense and on-base abilities are unique in today’s game. We believe his breakout 2018 performance reflects the many ways his skills will positively impact the Mariners for years to come.

"Jake Fraley exhibits a similarly exciting set of athletic and baseball skills. His offensive game blossomed in 2018 and creates an exciting profile when coupled with his exceptional defense and overall instincts. Both players fit our desire to build a younger, more athletic and exciting roster."

Smith, 25, is coming off of a career year with the Rays in which he batted .296 with two home runs, 40 RBIs and 65 runs.

Zunino, 27, had a breakout year in 2017 when he batted a career-best .251 with 25 home runs. His average fell to .201 last season, but he still hit 20 home runs and added 44 RBIs.

Heredia, 27, batted .236 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 292 at-bats last season.

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