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Seattle Mariners acquire Yovani Gallardo for Seth Smith

Seth Smith is still capable of providing value at the plate

In searching for another rotation arm, "more of a 3 or 4" type as Dipoto told us on the Hot Stove Show in December, the Mariners were looking for someone who could provide innings and durability, something Gallardo has been able to do prior to a year ago. The Orioles have been rumored to be seeking a corner outfielder and the Mariners have been interested in different starting pitchers, including free agent Doug Fister.

The starting staff for the Orioles is now looking to consist of right-handers Chris Tillman, Kevin Gausman, Dylan Bundy and Ubaldo Jimenez as well as the left-handed Miley.

Seattle is hoping Gallardo can revert to that past form.

Gallardo came to the Orioles with a résumé of durability - he averaged 32 starts and 191 innings over the previous six seasons - but his one year in Baltimore was a disappointment.

"Gallardo gives us the veteran presence that we have been searching for", he said, per the team's official Twitter account.

Smith had a great season past year hitting:.249/.342/.415 in 378 at bats with 94 hits, 16 home runs, 63 RBI, 48 walks, and 89 strikeouts. "We look forward to his contributions to the 2017 Orioles", executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette wrote in a text message. When he first signed with the O's it was for three years but Baltimore restructured it into a two-year deal after encountering some concerns in his physical so, yeah, a lot of red flags here about the health of that shoulder. Trumbo batted.256 with career highs in home runs (47) and RBI (108) in 2016. But he also drew 48 walks and his.342 on-base percentage in 2016 would have ranked third among Orioles starters behind Hyun Soo Kim and Manny Machado.

"After examining the free agent and trade market, Yovani is the best fit for our club as we move forward this off-season". He remained on the DL for almost two months, and posted a 5.13 ERA in 19 starts upon his return. Gallardo will make $11 million this season, and his contract contains a club option for 2018 at $13 million with a $2 million buyout clause.