Per usual, the Seattle Mariners and general manager Jerry Dipoto have remained quite busy on Wednesday afternoon. After initially making a trade with the Atlanta Braves to begin their busy day, the Mariners have now executed a trade with the Tampa Bay Rays, according to an official statement released by the latter franchise.
The Mariners have shipped recently acquired outfielder Mallex Smith, minor league shortstop Carlos Vargas and minor league left-hander Ryan Yarbrough to Tampa Bay in exchange for another southpaw in Drew Smyly. Seattle has been searching for some depth to add to their depleted starting rotation this offseason while Smyly will now suit up for his third big league franchise.
Last season, Smyly made 30 starts as a member of the Rays while compiling a 4.88 ERA across 175.1 innings of work. Producing a 7-12 record as well, he also amassed 167 strikeouts against 49 walks. Prior to arriving in Tampa Bay back in 2014, the 27-year-old previously spent two-plus seasons suiting up for the Detroit Tigers.
“We have been clear that one of our top priorities this off-season was to continue to bolster our starting rotation,” said Dipoto. “Today’s move allowed us to add an experienced pitcher to our starting group. Drew took the ball 30 times last season, threw over 175 innings and is a proven performer in the American League. He’s a good fit for our club.”
On the other hand, the aforementioned Smith was acquired by the Mariners just hours before as a result of their trade with the Braves. After breaking into the big leagues as a member of the Braves last season, the 23-year-old Smith has now been traded twice in one day as Tampa Bay has become his newest destination.