Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Rays trade Mallex Smith to Mariners

Catcher Mike Zunino will continue his career in Tampa Bay as the Mariners are finalizing a trade to send the backstop to the Rays Reports: Zunino headed from Mariners to Rays in five-player trade
Cassandra Castillo | 10 November, 2018, 09:32

Seattle Mariners backstop and Wilson Defensive Player of the Year at catcher Mike Zunino is close to having a new home in Florida.

According to the Seattle Times, Seattle is working to finish a deal that would send the catcher, along with outfielder Guillermo Heredia and a minor league pitcher, to the Rays for center fielder Mallex Smith and a minor league outfielder.

When reports surfaced out of Seattle that the hometown Mariners were contemplating "tearing down" their current roster and starting a rebuild, you knew that the Tampa Bay Rays would probably be involved, based on their recent trade history. Neither club has confirmed the agreement. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound backstop entered the league as the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 MLB June Amateur Draft.

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Heredia played in 125 games for the Mariners last season, slashing.236/.318/.342 with five home runs and 19 RBI.

Smith is coming off of a career year with the Rays in which he batted.296 with two home runs, 40 RBIs and 65 runs scored.

That is because Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto is the most active GM in the sport in making trades and he just (officially) made another on Thursday.

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