M’s Close Year With Trade

The Mariners finished off the 2014 calendar year by making a trade to help the big league club on Tuesday, sending former Tacoma pitcher Brandon Maurer to the San Diego Padres for veteran outfielder Seth Smith.

Maurer struggled at the major league level as a starting pitcher, but he flourished after a move to the bullpen. San Diego will have to decide which role they want to use him in.

Smith is a left-handed hitter, and makes a nice platoon partner with recently acquired Justin Ruggiano. The duo should be able to handle right field for the Mariners.

Smith is coming off (arguably) the best season of his career last year – which is saying something, considering he had previously played in the thin air of Colorado and spent last year playing in the pitcher’s park in San Diego.

This deal, as all do, has an influence on the Rainiers: everybody just moved up a spot on the bullpen ladder, so at the moment it looks like Carson Smith has a spot in the big league bullpen and not Tacoma’s. Things can always change during spring training, though.

Lots more on the trade below.

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Have a safe New Year’s Eve, and we’ll be back on a regular blogging schedule starting Monday!

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