Mariners acquire Seth Smith from Padres
After rumors began circling early in the day, the Padres and Mariners officially announced their trade Tuesday night.
The Padres acquired right-handed pitcher Brandon Maurer, 24, from the Mariners, while Seattle received outfielder Seth Smith, 32, in return.
The move makes sense for both teams as the Mariners needed another outfielder and the Padres needed to get rid of some of their excess outfielders.
Smith hit .266 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs in 136 games for San Diego last season, but likely wasn’t going to see much playing time after the Padres acquired Justin Upton, Wil Myers and Matt Kemp.
Smith has hit .270 in his career against right-handers and will likely platoon with Justin Ruggiano in Seattle, who has hit .305 against left-handers in his career.
San Diego still has a ton of outfielders so another move is not out of the question.
In dealing Smith, the Padres acquired Maurer, a 23rd round selection in the 2008 Draft.
The right-hander was just 1-3 with a 4.65 ERA in 38 games (seven starts) for the Mariners last season, but went 1-0 with a 2.79 ERA in 12 games (one start) for Triple-A Tacoma.
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