The Seattle Mariners have bolstered their pitching staff by landing Drew Smyly from the Tampa Bay Rays. In exchange, Tampa will receive Mallex Smith and prospects.
#Rays have acquired OF Mallex Smith, minor league SS Carlos Vargas & minor league LHP Ryan Yarbrough from SEA in exchange for LHP Drew Smyly
— Tampa Bay Rays (@RaysBaseball) January 11, 2017
It’s been a bust day for Smith. Earlier on Wednesday, he was dealt by the Mariners to the Atlanta Braves.
As far as the 2017 season goes, Smyly will certainly be the impact player to watch from these two deals. He had a down year in 2016, but from 2012-2015, had racked up a 3.24 ERA, 1.167 WHIP and struck out nearly a batter an inning.
His strikeout rate was similar in 2016 and Smyly had a respectable 1.272 WHIP. Unfortunately, his ERA swelled to 4.88, nearly two points higher than the 3.11 mark he posted in 2015. Still, he’ll turn 28 during the season. So he’s certainly young enough to get back on track.
While the Tampa outfield is a relatively strength of the team, Smith should find some playing time. He saw action in 72 regular season games in 2016, slashing at a relatively meager .238/.316/365. But he stole a solid 16 bases. If he can improve on the .316 OBP, Smith can be an impact player at the top of the Rays’ lineup.