Rickards alum Smith traded from Rays to Mariners

Rex Christensen
November 9, 2018

The first trade of outcome this offseason has been agreed upon, per multiple reports. In return for Mallex Smith and an unnamed prospect, the Mariners will send catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia, along with an unnamed prospect to Tampa Bay.

Zunino, a Cape Coral native and University of Florida product, won the Wilson defensive player of the year award for catchers, another indication of the solid work he has done behind the plate for the Mariners over 5 1/2 seasons. He had a breakout year in 2017, smashing 25 home runs while batting a career-best.251. Zunino hit 20 home runs - an impressive total for a catcher - but slashed just.201/.259/.410.

In 141 games last season, Smith hit.296 and added 40 stolen bases.

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Heredia would have gotten some time in that outfield had he not been included in the potential deal.

All the reporting around the Mariners since the beginning of the general manager meetings has been that we can expect a sell-off, even if it's not gutting the entire big-league roster. The 27-year-old batted.236 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 292 at-bats in 2018.

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