Jerry Dipoto and the Seattle Mariners decided to double dip today, agreeing to their second trade of the day with the Tampa Bay Rays to bring left-handed pitcher, Drew Smyly, to Seattle. The deal to get Smyly comes only a few hours after the Mariners aquired Mallex Smith and Shae Simmons from the Atlanta Braves.
Before Mallex could even land in Seattle, he was headed back to the East coast to join the Rays. Mallex was one of the three players the Mariners are trading to the Rays for Smyly. The other two players were minor-league prospects, Carlos Vargas and Ryan Yarbrough.
The Mariners gave up three prospects for a solid, middle of the rotation pitcher. I loved hearing about this trade today since the Mariners were in such need for rotation help. The Mariners rotation now looks like this: Felix Hernandez, Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton, Drew Smyly, and Yovani Gallardo. Gallardo and Smyly may swap, depending on match ups.
Smyly did have rough 2016 season with a 4.88 ERA. This was in large part to playing in the AL East, with a lot of small stadiums. Since Smyly is mainly a fly ball pitcher, he was plagued by the long ball in 2016. So, he should fair well in the friendly confines of Safeco Field. Smyly, also had a career high in starts with 30 and averaged 8.6 K/9 with only 2.5 BB/9. Moving to a more pitcher ball park will be a nice change of scenery for the 27-year old southpaw.
In 2014, Smyly posted a 3.24 ERA in a split year between the Detroit Tigers and the Rays. I think you can predict that Smyly will be somewhere closer to his 2014 self, with the Mariners this season.
With the pitching market being so bland this offseason, Smyly was a great acquisition for a Mariners team that needed a boost like this to their rotation. I am a big fan of how the Mariners rotation is looking now, going into the 2017 season.
Now, it’s just sit around and wait time to see how all the deals Dipoto made this off-season work out.