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Friday Bantering: Orioles Acquire Seth Smith For Yovani Gallardo

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Adam Hunger-USA TODAY Sports

The Baltimore Orioles have sent Yovani Gallardo and cash considerations to the Seattle Mariners in exchange for Seth Smith. Gallardo, 30, is coming off a terrible year after posting a 5.42 ERA in 23 starts. The Mariners will bet on him to regain his control, as his walk rate skyrocketed to 11.6% last season, or 4.65 per 9 innings pitched.

Smith makes his impact as a platoon player, as he owns a career .355 OBP against right-handed pitching. His ability to draw a walk makes him a strong fit to hit at the top of a lineup, and he can also hit 10-15 home runs per season. The major question surrounding Smith is his defence, as he was worth -7 defensive runs saved last season, and -8 by Ultimate Zone Rating (UZR).

Smith could replace Mark Trumbo as the team's designated hitter next season, but I'd expect him to continue to play a corner outfield position going forward. With Adam Jones and Hyun-Soo Kim already in the fold, the Orioles could possess a horrible outfield defence yet again, and the Blue Jays will definitely possess an advantage in this regard.

I wonder if the Blue Jays were interested in Smith as a left-handed hitting partner to Melvin Upton Jr. Michael Saunders remains a free agent, and this deal could take the Orioles out of the running in that regard. With Gallardo out of the picture, the Orioles could start the season with a rotation of: Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy, Ubaldo Jimenez, and Wade Miley.