Oct. 27, 2016
Mariners improve pitching rotation acquire Gallardo
The Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles have agreed on a deal that swaps two MLB players. Starting pitcher Yovani Gallardo will go to Seattle in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith. Gallardo 6-8 5.42 ERA in 23 starts in 2016 with the O's while Smith hit .249/.342/.415 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI in 137 games for Seattle.
The Mariners add depth to their starting rotation with Gallardo. Struggling in Baltimore, but should have a much easier time pitching in a pitcher's park in Seattle. Gallardo is owed $11 million dollars this upcoming season, but could be a steal for Seattle if he can return back to form. Seattle has an aging roster, but Gallardo is only 31-years-old and has just a one-year deal with a club option for 2018.
Seth Smith is exactly as advertised he'll hit around 15 homers 50-60 RBI. A career .261 hitter and has good plate discipline with an ability to draw walks and limit strikeouts. Smith's home run totals could even grow in 2017 playing in hitter friendly Baltimore. Owed $7 million dollars in 2017 the Orioles save some money by dumping Gallardo's contract and get a solid left handed outfielder.