Padres Trade Seth Smith To Mariners
The Padres offseason makeover continues — who would’ve believed, just three weeks ago, that they’d have “too many” outfielders before the ball dropped on New Year’s Eve? And that they’d STILL have “too many” outfielders after dealing away their 2014 top offensive performer? Even with Smith in Seattle, San Diego still has no room for Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, and Will Venable — though that could change if rumors of Wil Myers going to Philadelphia for Cole Hamels are true.
Though the Mets have already signed the legendary John Mayberry, Jr., I wonder if they’d take a flyer on Quentin, who has battled injuries for the past few years but, when healthy, was a middle-of-the-order slugger. He’s in the final year of his contract (though there’s a mutual option for 2016) and is due “only” $8M — that’s $750K more than the Mets paid Chris Young last year. Maybe the Padres would unload Quentin, and pay some of his salary, in return for a marginal prospect. I think that would be worth the gamble.
As for the Mariners, presumably, Smith will team up with recently acquired Justin Ruggiano to form a lefty-rightly platoon in one of the outfield corners.
In San Diego, the 24-year-old Maurer will provide bullpen depth. He’s a power arm who can reach the upper 90s and was recently converted from starting (see: Jenrry Mejia); some think he could eventually evolve into a closer.
In other news, the Padres and Yankees teamed up on an under-the-radar move — New York sent reliever Shawn Kelley to San Diego in return for pitching prospect Johnny Barbato. In Kelley, the Padres get yet more bullpen depth right now, while the Yankees add a 22-year-old flamethrower for their bullpen future. If nothing else, this swap further punctuates the fact that the Padres are “all in” for 2015.