Reaction to Tampa Bay Rays trade for Zunino

The Mariners are working on a deal to send Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith

The Mariners are working on a deal to send Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith

The Rays are sending outfielder Mallex Smith back to the Mariners - they got Smith from the Mariners in 2017 - for outfielder Guillermo Heredia and catcher Mike Zunino, per Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

The first trade of effect this offseason has been agreed upon, per multiple reports.

According to Marc Topkin, the included prospects are expected to be Seattle's Micheal Plassmeyer, a left-handed pitcher drafted in the 4th round of this years draft and Jake Fraley, an outfielder and 2nd round draft pick of the Rays in 2016. He had a breakout year in 2017, smashing 25 home runs while batting a career-best.251.

The Mariners declined veteran outfielder Denard Span's $12 million option for this season, so Smith would presumably join an outfield featuring Mitch Haniger and Dee Gordon.

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Smith is coming off of a career year with the Rays in which he batted.296 with two home runs, 40 RBIs and 65 runs scored.

Zunino, 27, has not been as consistent offensively, hitting.201 last season with 150 strikeouts, but also slugging 20 homers with 44 RBIs and a.669 OPS.

It was reported earlier this week that Seattle is considering a full-scale rebuild.

Heredia played in 125 games for the Mariners last season, slashing.236/.318/.342 with five home runs and 19 RBI.

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