The Baltimore Orioles and Seattle Mariners have swung a trade, with the Orioles sending starter Yovani Gallardo to Seattle in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith. The Orioles have been rumored to be seeking a corner outfielder and the Mariners have been interested in different starting pitchers, including free agent Doug Fister.
Gallardo, 30, is a former 2010 All-Star and 2010 Silver Slugger winner, who broke into the major leagues in 2007 with the Milwaukee Brewers after being selected in the second round of the 2004 MLB Draft. Gallardo spent eight seasons in Milwaukee, before being dealt to the Texas Rangers in a deal that included current major leaguers Corey Knebel and Luis Sardinas. Gallardo then spent last season in Baltimore, going 6-8 with a 5.42 ERA in 23 starts. Despite the struggles, Gallardo has a career record of 108-83 with a 3.79 ERA and a change of scenery could help him return to form.
Smith, 34, was also a second-round pick in the 2004 MLB Draft, being selected by the Colorado Rockies. Smith broke into the majors in 2007 and spent five seasons in Colorado before being dealt to the Oakland Athletics. Smith then spent two seasons in Oakland, one season with the San Diego Padres and two with the Mariners. Smith hit .249 with 16 home runs and 63 runs batted in during 137 games with the Mariners last season.
Gallardo will attempt to fill the void left by Taijuan Walker who was dealt to Arizona, while Seth Smith will attempt to lock down a starting role in the Baltimore outfield, or at the very least platoon with young outfielder Joey Rickard. The move opens up a rotation spot for Ubaldo Jimenez or any other starter in Baltimore. Seattle will now go with a corner outfield of Mitch Haniger and Ben Gamel, unless the team signs a temporary stop gap.