Mariners trade Seth Smith to Orioles in exchange for Yovani Gallardo
- Author: Angelo Rivera Jan 08, 2017,
Jan 08, 2017, 0:20
Over 10 Major League seasons, he owns a 108-83 record with a 3.79 ERA (670 ER/1591.2 IP). For the O's, one half of a platoon that can serve as Mark Trumbo insurance, I suppose, as their free agent corner outfielder/DH is likely going to walk in free agency.
The starting staff for the Orioles is now looking to consist of right-handers Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Ubaldo Jimenez as well as the left-handed Miley.
For the Mariners, it's some pitching depth and the hope for a bounceback year for Gallardo, who was excellent in 2015 with the Rangers. Gallardo, 30, is coming off a bad year after posting a 5.42 ERA in 23 starts.
"Gallardo gives us the veteran presence that we have been searching for", he said, per the team's official Twitter account. "He has a track record of durability and success as a starting pitcher".
Smith, 34, hit.249 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI in 137 games last season. "After examining the free agent and trade market, Yovani is the best fit for our club as we move forward this offseason". Gallardo may not get the Mariners to the postseason entirely himself and Smith might not impact the Orioles enough to carry them to October, but both players will certainly fulfill needs that both teams had prior to this trade.
The Orioles signed Gallardo to a restructured two-year deal guaranteeing him $22 million last spring training after an initial agreement was squashed because of the team's concerns about Gallardo's shoulder that emerged in the club physical exam.
Last offseason, the Orioles acquired Trumbo in a trade with the Mariners in exchange for backup catcher Steve Clevenger, a move that ended up being lopsided when Trumbo led the majors with 47 homers. With Adam Jones and Hyun-Soo Kim already in the fold, the Orioles could possess a frightful outfield defence yet again, and the Blue Jays will definitely possess an advantage in this regard.
Smith will play some right field as well as DH. He missed almost two months with a right shoulder injury.