The Seattle Mariners made another move this morning. Mariners GM, Jerry Dipoto traded two more young prospects for two more young prospects.
The Mariners traded away left-handed pitchers Luiz Gohara and Thomas Burrows to the Atalanta Braves for right-handed pitcher Shae Simmons and outfielder Mallex Smith.
None of these players are household names, but this deal provides the Mariners with even more speed in the outfield and even more depth in a forever adjusting bullpen.
Smith played in 72 big league games with the Braves in 2016. He batted .238 with eleven extra base hits, three homeruns, and 16 stolen bases. The 23 year-old’s 2016 statistics don’t jump off the page but this could provide the Mariners with some nice depth if injuries occur throughout the season or when rosters expand in September.
Simmons has played in 33 big league games, posting a 1-3 record with a 2.54 ERA and one save. In Simmons’ minor-league career he posted 41 saves in 107 games, over four seasons. Simmons, has battled injuries since becoming a pro. So, it looks like Dipoto is banking on Simmons being healthy in 2017 and helping out the Mariners bullpen this upcoming season.
This trade marks Dipoto’s tenth deal this offseason. Some MLB teams still haven’t even made a trade yet and Dipoto has already made ten trades. It seems like Dipoto is all in on the Mariners getting quicker and more athletic this offseason.
It’s great to see that Dipoto is never done making moves. I doubt this will be the last move he makes, before the Mariners report to training camp on February 14th.