If you haven’t caught the drift yet, it’s been pretty busy in San Diego this offseason.
Maurer has been a Mariner for the entirety of his career, which started in 2013. After struggling as a starter in the first half of this season, he made the switch to reliever and never looked back. As a reliever last season, he pitched 37.1 innings with a 2.17 ERA, and opposing teams batted a mere .214 against him.
Seth Smith joined San Diego after being traded from the Oakland Athletics last December, and put up a seemingly average line, batting .266/.367/.440, but he was a sneakily good player with an .807 OPS (35th best in the majors) and a 135 OPS+, a high mark.
Both teams are getting players with tremendous upside, especially San Diego, considering the fact that Maurer is only two years into his young career and has starting capabilities but also lights-out relieving for the time-being. He’ll either bolster the rotation or (more likely) slide into a middle-relieving role to help out San Diego’s bullpen. In his two years in the big-leagues, Maurer has gone 6-12 with a 5.58 ERA.
Smith will be a good veteran presence on the Mariners who are, for the most part, a very young team. He should fit right in either on the bench or in the outfield.
Over his 8-year career, Smith has batted .265/.347/.453 (113 OPS+) with 85 home runs and 321 RBI.