Mariners acquire Gallardo from Baltimore for Seth Smith

Antonio JonesJan 08, 2017

He spent his first five seasons with the Colorado Rockies.

Seattle is hoping Gallardo can revert to that past form.

Seattle made a second trade later Friday, sending right-hander Nathan Karns to Kansas City for outfielder Jarrod Dyson and in part replenishing the loss of Smith.

Smith is known for his pop, but has a good on-base percentage. Gallardo agreed originally to a deal of three years with Baltimore and an option year, but the deal was reduced to two years and an option after they saw something concerning in his physical. "After examining the free agent and trade market, Yovani is the best fit for our club as we move forward this offseason". Smith, who is in the final year of a three-year, $19.75 million deal, will make $7 million this upcoming season before becoming a free agent. Gallardo, 30, is coming off a bad year after posting a 5.42 ERA in 23 starts.

Last season, Smith appeared in 137 games and had 16 home runs and a career-high 63 RBIs. Trumbo batted.256 with career highs in home runs (47) and RBI (108) in 2016.

Smith's addition doesn't necessarily preclude the Orioles from re-signing Trumbo, who could also play right field against left-handers as well as designated hitter against right-handers, while rookie Trey Mancini serves as the DH against lefties. He remained on the DL for almost two months, and posted a 5.13 ERA in 19 starts upon his return. Gallardo's contract has an $11 million salary this year and includes a $13 million team option for 2018 with a $2 million buyout.

"Gallardo gives us the veteran presence that we have been searching for", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said.

The Mariners had been connected with many different teams to try and obtain a new starting pitcher to strengthen their rotation.

It's the third trade between the Orioles and Mariners since December 2015. Both Wilson and Wright made the Orioles' Opening Day lineup and showed flashes of being capable starters, but also struggled in 2016 and found themselves on the shuttle between the majors and Triple-A Norfolk.

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