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Braves send Mallex Smith to Mariners in four-player trade

June 12, 2016: Atlanta Braves Outfield Mallex Smith (17) [10983] watches from the dugout during a game between the Chicago Cubs and Atlanta Braves at Turner Field in Atlanta, GA. (Photo by Bryan Lynn/Icon Sportswire)
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According to an official statement released by the franchise on Wednesday afternoon, the Atlanta Braves have acquired minor league left-handed pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows from the Seattle Mariners. In exchange for the pair of southpaws, the Braves will ship outfielder Mallex Smith and right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons to Seattle.

In what has become a corresponding roster move, the Mariners have elected to designate right-handed pitcher Cody Martin for assignment.

The 20-year-old Gohara split last season between both Single-A Clinton and Single-A Everett. As a result, he tallied a 1.81 ERA over the course of 13 appearances while winning seven of his nine decisions.

Burrows, a 22-year-old southpaw, made his professional debut at Single-A Everett in 2016 – alongside the aforementioned Gohara. In what became his first go-round as a professional pitcher, he posted a 0-1 record and six saves accompanied by a 2.55 ERA over the course of 20 relief appearances.

On the other hand, the 23-year-old Smith was thought to be somewhat of a rising star for the Braves. Last season, his first atop the big league level, he appeared in 72 games for the Braves while batting .238 with three home runs and 22 RBI to coincide with his .316 on-base percentage.

Lastly, the 26-year-old Simmons made appearances for the Braves in both 2014 and 2016, which is currently his only major league experience to date.. He has compiled a career 2.54 ERA with one save and 26 strikeouts across 33 relief appearances and 28.1 innings of work in all.

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