Orioles Trade Yovani Gallardo To Mariners For Seth Smith

For the second off-season in a row, the Orioles have acquired an outfielder from the Mariners via trade.  This time however it cost them a starting pitcher.

Last season Smith batted .249/.342/.415/.758 with 16 HR while Gallardo went 6-8 with a 5.42 ERA

When on the field, Gallardo limped to a 5.42 ERA with 6.5 K/9 against a career-worst 4.7 BB/9 and a 43.2 percent ground-ball rate in 118 innings. Though Gallardo was able to make 23 starts despite the time he missed, he’s now showed a diminished ability to work deep into games in each of the past two seasons, averaging under 5 2/3 innings per start in 2015 with the Rangers and less than 5 1/3 innings per start last year in Baltimore. Gallardo has a remaining $13MM of guaranteed money on his contract, although $1MM of that sum is deferred without interest. Presumably, the Orioles will cover the difference in salary between Gallardo and Smith, who is set to earn $7MM next year.

The Orioles are also sending a bag of cash to Seattle to complete the swap.

Smith gives the Orioles the left-handed hitting corner outfielder they have been searching for all off-season.


2 thoughts on “Orioles Trade Yovani Gallardo To Mariners For Seth Smith

  1. What. the. frick. The Mariners are going on a post-holiday spree. Dammit! We could’ve gotten Dyson??? Man, that would’ve helped the Tigers’ hole in CF…

    AA is not impressing me, season 2.


  2. Having 4 kids (in my defense, 2 are twins – surprises are fun!), one of the most important things you do before a kid is born is work out names. As part of that exercise, you say the name out loud a few times, to see how it sounds, make sure the name rolls off the tongue well enough..

    It’s clear that Seth Smith’s parents did not do this.


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