Seattle trades prospects for Rays' Smyly
SEATTLE, WA —
Seattle Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto must have woke up this morning and thought that his 11 trade lead on the Braves since September of 2015 just wasn’t enough so he decided to widen the gap in an effort to make sure the Mariners will be postseason bound come October this fall.
Just hours after acquiring a pair of minor leaguers in a deal with the Braves, Dipoto pounced on the opportunity to acquire Tampa Bay’s Drew Smyly in exchange for three prospects. Smyly, a four-year veteran from Little Rock, Arkansas is coming off of his worst year of his career and may have come a little cheaper than one would think, similar to Yovani Gallardo whom Seattle acquired last week.
Smyly owns a career 3.74 earned run averages but pitched to an era of 4.88 in 2016. Smyly who figures to slide into the four spot in the starting rotation did post career highs in innings pitched, 175. And strikeouts with 167.