From multiple baseball sources, it appears that the Mariners are on the verge of finalizing a trade with the Padres for outfielder Seth Smith.
This shouldn’t be a surprise.
The two teams have been in discussions since before Christmas. Sources indicated that the principles of the deal had been in place for over a week. But San Diego wanted to finalize its multiple trades to acquire Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Will Myers before proceeding to move Smith and other players on the bloated roster.
The asking price?
It appears to be a relief pitcher. The Padres just picked up former Mariner Shawn Kelley from the Yankees for a minor league prospect. However, the Padres may be looking to acquire a power arm and future closer-type after trading away Huston Street last season.
Seattle has a surplus of power arms in the bullpen. With the solid September of Carson Smith, there is a logjam for spots.
Bob Nightengale of USA today tweeted that the Padres are interested in Brandon Maurer, who emerged as a solid reliever last season after languishing as a starter the past two seasons. Maurer’s power arm and starter-level repertoire had teams interested in him as a reliever at the trade deadline last season. But Seattle decided to hang on to him. It would be a valuable chip to give up.
Here’s a list of right-handed relievers that they used last year ….
- The Rodney Experience
- Danny Farquhar
- Tom Wilhelmsen
- Brandon Maurer
- Dominic Leone
- Yoervis Medina
- Carson Smith
For all the reasons you want the Padres to take Medina, they won’t want to take him.
The depth beyond that is a little suspect. Rick Randall of Seattle clubhouse mentions …. Erasmo Ramirez (long reliever), Forrest Snow, Logan Bawcom, Mayckol Guaipe, Matt Anderson and Mark Lowe. Of that group none are close to Maurer’s level of potential.
But this is the price for poker.