Seattle and Atlanta agreed to a trade this week that sent Mallex Smith an outfielder and Shae Simmons a right-handed pitcher to the Mariners in exchange for southpaws Thomas Burrow and Luiz Gohara going to Atlanta.
Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto said as the team continues to build its flexible and deep roster, Mallex and Shae will add to the mix of probable big league talent. Shae, said Dipoto, has been successful at back ends of games at the minor league level and has proven to have strikeout ability at every level.
Smith will add to the teams growing list of athletic, multi-skilled outfielders. Both of the players are controllable, young and hold bright futures, said Dipoto.
The players in the trade are one thing, but even bigger is the number of trades, 10, that Seattle has made during the offseason. Ten overall trades in just over two months, while most major league teams, have made at most two.
The deal in itself is not a big one, but the trade total for Seattle reaching ten is big.
Mallex Smith is likely the biggest and most recognized name in the trade. He played 72 games for Atlanta as a rookie with a batting average of .238 and 16 stolen bases.
Smith played each of the three positions in the outfield for Atlanta but by trade, he is a center fielder. Seattle has two other top center fielders in Jarrod Dyson and Leonys Martin.
Simmons for his career has played in just 33 games posting an ERA of 2.54, with 26 strikeouts across 28 plus innings. He has stranded 16 out of the 21 runners he inherited, which is a small overall sample, but he has proved he can be successful in the majors.
Atlanta receives Gohara a southpaw who is 20 and was 7-2 with an ERA of 1.81 and 81 strikeouts during 69 2/3 innings in Low- and Class-A during last season. He was the third best Seattle prospect prior to the trade.
Burrows, who is 22, is also a southpaw and was a fourth round Seattle pick from Alabama in 2016. In his 20 relief appearances during his Low-A season, Burrows recorded an ERA of 2.55 with 37 strikeouts across 23 2/3 innings.