Oct 8, 2012; Baltimore, MD, USA; Baltimore Orioles second baseman Robert Andino (11) singles in the third inning of game two of the 2012 ALDS against the New York Yankees at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-US PRESSWIRE

Mariners Trade Trayvon Robinson for Robert Andino

Today, outfielder Trayvon Robinson was sent to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for utility infielder, Robert Andino.

Robinson dives into third base. Credit: Steven Bisig-US PRESSWIRE

This was a good move for the team. Robinson was one of many outfielders competing for a spot on the major league roster, and wasn’t going to become a difference maker in Seattle. There was a strong chance that he wouldn’t have made the 25-man roster out of spring training next year and would have ended up going through waivers where another team would have picked up him anyways. Seattle has a plethora of outfielders such as Carp, Thames, and Peguero that can fill the gap left by Trayvon.

The young outfielder was certainly a pleasure to watch. Every day, we got to see him play hard baseball and his smile could light up a stadium. His fun personality and love for the game will be missed here in Seattle. I hope he finds success in his new home.

Robert Andino was a sensible pickup for the Mariners. With the release of Kawasaki, the organization needed a reliable utility infielder and Andino fits that mold. He has a solid glove and can bring a bit of speed to the bases. He also brings a much better bat than Kawasaki did. The new Mariner struggled last year, but he posted a respectable 1.8 WAR in 139 games in 2011 which was tenth in the American League at second base. That’s a pretty good return for a journeyman outfielder.

The interesting thing about this deal is its possible implications. Billy Butler has been a potential target for the Mariners, and one name that has been tossed around in a possible trade has been Dustin Ackley. The acquisition of Andino could mean that the Mariners are more available to move Ackley. It’s certainly something to keep an eye on.

If Ackley is traded, Andino could be a good guy to hold down the fort at second base until a prospect like Nick Franklin or Brad Miller is ready to step in.

Overall, this was a practical and necessary move for Seattle. The really fascinating thing about the trade is whether it will lead to bigger moves in the future.

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  • JJ Allen Keller

    Man I hope Ackley isn’t traded for butler. We need to add to the offense straight up, not trade from it. I think Paxton, Vargas and VCat for Butler could be a good start. Remember he is pretty much a DH only. I’d probably put Franklin in instead of Vargas if they would kick us a little something back too, but that could be a little much. Assuming Miller can play short I like him more than Franklin.

    I just want Butler, bad.

    • http://twitter.com/Nick6Harris Nick harris

      So we need hitting. That is obvious. So why would you want to get rid of our top hitting prospect. Especially now that he is so close to being major league ready. I would love to have Butler but get rid of some pitching and lower hitting prospects. Ackley should move to a corner outfield spot to make room for Franklin. He has too much potential to ship out.

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  • mat

    WOW, “Butler a potential target”-where did I miss that coming from the M’s? Auckley’s name being thrown around as a trade chip-that’s 2 WOW’s i’ve missed. Slapp me twice. OR is that just some bla, bla, bla rumer from a nobody? Some Billy Butler fan dream?