The Mariners Trade RHP Brandon Maurer To the Padres for OF Seth Smith
It’s official: the Seattle Mariners have traded for left-handed outfielder Seth Smith of the San Diego Padres. The trade is straight up, as the Mariners send right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer down the west coast.
Seth Smith is 32 years old and hit .266/.367/.440 with 12 home runs, 48 RBI, 31 doubles, 5 triples, and 55 runs scored in 136 games last season with the Padres. Smith will be under contract through 2016 where he is owed $13 million over the next two seasons. Then the Mariners now carry a team option for 2017.
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Brandon Maurer found his niche with the Mariners in the bullpen in 2014, as he found his stride and competed as a long-reliever and right-handed pitcher. Though his career numbers aren’t wowing: 5.58 ERA, 1.47 WHIP, and a 6-12 record, he is only 24 years old and under team control until 2019.
Maurer jumped to the majors from Double-A Jackson to start in the Mariners rotation in 2013.
With this deal, it seems like the Mariners are near done with their offseason. Unless, of course, the M’s are still looking to add pitching depth. But the outfield seems to have found it’s depth, with recent trade additions in Justin Ruggiano and now Seth Smith. The outfield looks poised to platoon for much of the season. Though, the team will need a full season of production from Dustin Ackley and a resurgence from Austin Jackson if they want to compete in 2015.
But for now, welcome to the Pacific Northwest Seth Smith. We all hope you are the missing piece in this Word Championship puzzle.