By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Seattle Mariners and the Tampa Bay Rays made a trade on Wednesday night. The Rays are receiving catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia, along with minor-league left-handed pitcher Michael Plassmeyer.
In exchange, the Mariners are re-acquiring outfielder Mallex Smith and minor-league outfielder Jake Fraley.
This deal has been negotiated over the last week. According to the Seattle Times, this is the 10th trade between the Mariners and the Rays since general manager Jerry DiPoto was hired in Seattle.
Zunino and Heredia are the first two players of their proposed fire sale this off-season. The Rays are also reportedly willing to spend more money this off-season.
The 27-year-old Cape Coral, Florida native gets to return to his home state with the move. He spent his first six seasons with the Mariners.
He had a .201 batting average with 20 home runs and 44 RBIs in 373 at-bats in 113 games during the 2018 season.
In his career, he had a .207 batting average with 95 home runs and 241 RBIs in 587 games. He also had 86 doubles and two triples in 1,885 at-bats.
The 27-year-old Matanzas, Cub native played the last three seasons with the Mariners. He had a .236 batting average with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 125 games this season.
In his career, he had a .244 batting average with 12 home runs and 55 RBIs in 293 games. He also had 33 doubles and one triple in 770 at-bats.
The 25-year-old Tallahassee, Florida native was traded by the Mariners, along with minor-leaguer Carlos Vargas and Ryan Yarbrough, to the Rays for Drew Smyly. He had a .296 batting average with two home runs and 40 RBIs in a career-high 141 games. He also had 27 doubles and a career-high 10 triples in 480 at-bats.
Smith has played in the Majors with the Atlanta Braves and the Rays. He was traded by the Atlanta Braves, along with Shae Simmons, to the Seattle Mariners for Luiz Gohara and minor-leaguer Thomas Burrows.