Mariners keep dealing, trade for Drew Smyly to bolster rotation
The Mariners have officially made more trades this offseason than that annoying member of your fantasy baseball league.After acquiring starting pitcher Drew Smyly from the Rays Wednesday for a host of prospects, including Mallex Smith, it put Seattleat 11 trades since the end of the season.MORE: Mariners snag premier outfield defender in Jarrod Dyson-Nathan Karns https://www.marinersedges.com/seattle-mariners/kyle-seager-jersey tradeThe Braves had just traded Smith to Seattle hours earlier, but the Mariners announced shortly afterwardthat another trade involving Smith was in the works.Once the dust settled, Seattle will have a rotation that consists of Felix Hernandez, HisashiIwakuma, James Paxton, Drew Smyly and Yovani Gallardo. Though all five of them have had succe s, and have upside, it’s still not a rotation that strikes fear in opposing lineups.On the other hand, Smith is a speedy Hisashi Iwakuma Jersey outfielder whoalready has elite defensive skills with developing offensive numbers. In 72 games played with Atlanta last season, Smith slashed .238/.316/.365 with 22 RBIs and 16 stolen bases before getting injured.Smyly endured a dreadful season last year with the Rays, finishing with a 7-12 record anda poor 4.88 ERA. The left-handed pitcher is still 27 yearsold, but he will have to show more consistency for this trade to work in Seattle’s favor. Moving to spaciousSafeco Field should help.At first glance, the Mariners came out on top in this deal. They gave away some middling prospects and an outfielder they Nelson Cruz Jersey had just received, who, in truth, is very similar to Jarrod Dyson, another recent trade acquisition. But Smith could easily wind up as the best player in this trade.Tampa Bay, a team built for the future, should be able to help nurture Smith’s career.