Orioles send Andino to Mariners for young outfielder

The Mariners and Orioles pulled off a trade Tuesday as Baltimore sent infielder Robert Andino to Seattle for outfielder Trayvon Robinson.

This one makes sense from both sides. Andino, 28, is a career .235 hitter who has started 233 games for the Orioles over the past two years, primarily at second base in place of the oft-injured Brian Roberts. But Roberts is expected back and Baltimore recently added infielder Alexi Casilla from the Twins to their infield group.

The Mariners recently released Munenori Kawasaki, who was their utility infielder last season. Andino figures to fill that role, or challenge shortstop Brendan Ryan, an excellent defender who hit just .194 last season.

Robinson, 25, has played the last two months in the Majors both the past two seasons, but figured to be in a battle for a roster spot this coming spring if Seattle adds a veteran corner outfielder either by trade or the free agency market, as expected.

Robinson is out of Minor League options, so he would have either had to make the 25-man roster or be exposed to waivers. So the deal was done and now both players will get new starts in new cities.

The Orioles lost outfielders Nate McLouth and Endy Chavez in free agency this offseason. Robinson hit .215 with five home runs and 26 RBIs in 90 games over the past two years for Seattle afer arriving as a well-regarded prospect from the Dodgers organization.

– Greg Johns

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