Cactus League Countdown: Seattle Mariners
FEB 20, 11:46a ET | Kevin Zimmerman
Rotowire: Feb 7 / 11:37a ET
News: Smith and platoon mate Justin Ruggiano are tentatively penciled in as the Mariners' No. 2 hitters this season, the Tacoma News Tribune reports.
Impact: Last season, Smith carried a .367 OBP for the Padres over 136 games, and the platoon could prove to be a very effective duo for the Mariners. On the larger side of the split, Smith could see a steady number of runs scored if manager Lloyd McClendon follows through on his plans to hit Smith and Ruggiano ahead of Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Kyle Seager.
Rotowire: Dec 30 / 3:07p ET
News: Smith was traded to the Mariners in exchange for Brandon Maurer on Tuesday, Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports.
Impact: Smith became expendable this offseason after a string of trades brought Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers to San Diego. After losing out on Melky Cabrera to the White Sox, Seattle is in need of another outfielder, and Smith figures to compete for time in right field along with Justin Ruggiano. The 32-year-old Smith hit .266/.367/.440 last season to go with 48 RBI, 12 home runs and 87 strikeouts in 443 at-bats.
StatsLLC: Dec 30 / 12:00a ET
News: The San Diego Padres have traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for hard-throwing reliever Brandon Maurer. The teams finalized the trade on Tuesday. Smith was left without a spot in the Padres outfield after San Diego's makeover that included the acquisitions of Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers.
Impact: But Smith should have a significant role in Seattle, likely in an outfield platoon with Justin Ruggiano. The left-handed hitting Smith batted .266 with 12 homers and 48 RBIs last season. But against right-handed pitching, Smith hit .270 with all 12 of his home runs and an .815 on-base plus slugging percentage.