The Rays and Mariners are nearing a deal that would send Catcher Mike Zunino and Outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa Bay in exchange for Outfielder Mallex Smith. Sources tell Mariners beat writer Ryan Divish that a trade may be completed within the day.
Zunino is an extremely young, viable piece that would serve as an excellent upgrade to the Rays current catching situation. Heredia on the other hand would be a solid bench piece and secondary starter for Tampa Bay, who already have Tommy Pham and Kevin Kiermier patrolling left and center field. This trade also frees up right field for the Rays newly acquired star Austin Meadows, who they received from the Pirates in the Chris Archer blockbuster.
Mallex Smith is a speedster who stole 40 bases in 2018, and gets on base often. He is an immediate threat at the leadoff position for any team.
This trade looks to benefit both recipients of it’s rewards, and is sure to start the offseason’s multitude of trades with a bang.