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November 20, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Mariners acquire Robert Andino in a trade for Trayvon Robinson

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The Mariners look like they’ve filled some of their backup infielder needs with today’s acquisition of Robert Andino from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for Trayvon Robinson.

Seattle had needed some infield depth after releasing Munenori Kawasaki from his contract. Truth be told, they needed it last year when Kawasaki was still on the team.

“The addition of Robert Andino gives us some experienced infield depth with a player who has played multiple positions” Mariners GM Jack Zduriencik said in a release. “With Robert having Major League and playoff experience and still relatively young, we thought that it made sense to make this trade and let him come in and compete.”

Andino won’t set the world on fire, but he’s an upgrade in terms of need over what Robinson was for this team. The Mariners are a club long on fourth and fifth outfielder types, but short on quality infield backups and starting outfielders. Being able to play shortstop is a key here, since the durability of Brendan Ryan is always a concern.

Andino, who turns 29 in April, hit .211 with a .588 OPS for the playoff-bound Orioles last season and that just screams backup player. He earned $1.3 million last season and is arbitration eligible, but I wouldn’t expect him to get anything beyond $2 million.

If anything his raise might be about the most minimal possible given the lack of production. He’s out of minor league options, so hell have to make the team out of spring training or the M’s risk losing him via a waiver claim.

Robinson wasn’t developing fast enough as a big leaguer for the Mariners to hope to use him in a productive role any time soon.

While he made some nice defensive plays during a second-half call-up, he still didn’t get on base enough or make the offensive impact hoped for when first acquired midway through 2011 as part of the Erik Bedard trade. If anything, some of Robinson’s stronger play in his 2012 stint with the Mariners enabled his trade value to be boosted enough for this deal to happen.

Best of luck to Robinson as he moves forward. As we chronicled in depth last year, he’s had to overcome some serious obstacles just making it to the big leagues. Now, he’ll have to keep on doing that if he wants to get back and stay there.

Comments | More in Transactions | Topics: Baltimore Orioles, Munenori Kawasaki, robert andino

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