Mallex Smith is heading back to Seattle.
The Mariners on Thursday announced that they have acquired the veteran outfielder and minor-league outfielder Jake Fraley from the Rays.
Seattle will send catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia and minor-league left-handed pitcher Michael Plassmeyer to Tampa Bay in return.
Welcome back, Mallex Smith!
The outfielder returns to Seattle along with minor league OF Jake Fraley from the Rays in exchange for catcher Mike Zunino, outfielder Guillermo Heredia and minor league LHP Michael Plassmeyer.
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“Bringing Mallex back home to Seattle is exciting for us all,” general manager Jerry Dipoto said in a statement. “His combination of speed, baserunning impact, defense and on-base abilities are unique in today’s game. We believe his breakout 2018 performance reflects the many ways his skills will positively impact the Mariners for years to come.
“Jake Fraley exhibits a similarly exciting set of athletic and baseball skills. His offensive game blossomed in 2018 and creates an exciting profile when coupled with his exceptional defense and overall instincts. Both players fit our desire to build a younger, more athletic and exciting roster.”
Smith, 25, is coming off of a career year with the Rays in which he batted .296 with two home runs, 40 RBIs and 65 runs.
Zunino, 27, had a breakout year in 2017 when he batted a career-best .251 with 25 home runs. His average fell to .201 last season, but he still hit 20 home runs and added 44 RBIs.
Heredia, 27, batted .236 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 292 at-bats last season.