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.
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.