Seattle is adding Yovani Gallardo to its rotation
The Seattle Mariners and Baltimore Orioles have agreed to terms of a trade that will send pitcher Yovani Gallardo to Seattle, with outfielder Seth Smith heading to Baltimore.
Seattle will also receive cash considerations as part of the trade.
On paper, this looks to be a smart trade for both clubs.
The Mariners have been looking for another starting pitcher to add to their rotation all offseason, so taking a gamble of Gallardo is a logical play. Meanwhile, Smith should represent a solid platoon option for the Orioles in the outfield to help bolster their offense.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto talked about acquiring Gallardo:
”Gallardo gives us the veteran presence that we have been searching for,” Dipoto said. ”He has a track record of durability and success as a starting pitcher. After examining the free agent and trade market, Yovani is the best fit for our club as we move forward this offseason.”
Gallardo, a 30-year-old right-handed starting pitcher had a down season with the Orioles in 2016, suffering from some injury issues and bouts of inconsistency.
He finished the season making 23 starts, with a 6-8 record, 5.42 ERA, 1.585 WHIP and 85 strikeouts in 118.0 innings. Nearly across the board, he put up the worst numbers of his career.
If we look back to 2015, in 33 starts he finished 13-11 with a 3.42 ERA, which is a much closer representation of his career 3.79 ERA and 1.337 WHIP.
Clearly, the Mariners are expecting a bounce-back season from their new pitcher.
The 34-year-old Smith is known for his solid play and professional approach.
In 2016 he played in 137 games, posting a .249 average with a .342 OBP, 16 home runs, and 63 RBI.
Smith is also a plus defender in the outfield, ranking 5th among American League outfielders with a .994 fielding percentage in 2016.
“Seth Smith is a veteran leader, good on-base man and proven hitter,” Orioles executive vice president Dan Duquette said. “We look forward to his contributions to the 2017 Orioles.”