Rays, Mariners Finalizing Trade Centered Around Mike Zunino

Ruben Hill
November 9, 2018

The Tampa Bay Rays are reportedly in agreement to trade outfielder and Rickards High School alum Mallex Smith to the Seattle Mariners.

Rosenthal notes the deal is pending a medical review and has not yet been officially announced. Rays officials, who tend to wait for deals to be completed before discussing, would not comment.

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. The year before, though, he hit.251 with 25 homers, 64 RBIs and an.840 OPS, though fanning 160 times.

He regressed in 2018 as his average fell to.201, but he still hit 20 home runs and talled 44 RBIs.

Smith played in 141 games for Tampa in 2018, his second year with the Rays, slashing.296/.367/.406 with two home runs and 40 RBI.

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.

All the reporting around the Mariners since the beginning of the general manager meetings has been that we can expect a sell-off, even if it's not gutting the entire big-league roster.

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