Padres Acquire RHP Brandon Maurer in Exchange for Seth Smith
AJ Preller continues to strengthen the bullpen, while providing some relief in a crowded outfield. The Padres picked up hard throwing RHP Brandon Maurer, in exchange for OF Seth Smith, or “The Final Piece” as he is referred to in these parts. Jeff Sanders of the UT states via twitter “In case you’re wondering, hearing # are taking all of Seth Smith’s contract in the trade. That’s $13M over next 2 years.”
Maurer, a starter coming up through the Mariners system had been moved to the pen in 2013. Preller has stated that Maurer could start of come out of the pen. A determination has not been made.
The following is from the Padres press release:
Maurer, 24, (pronounced MAO-er) split the 2014 season between Triple-A Tacoma and the Mariners, posting a 1-0 record with a 2.79 ERA (6 ER, 19.1 IP) and 24 strikeouts against eight walks in 12 games, one start, for the Rainiers, compared to a 1-4 mark with a 4.65 ERA (36 ER, 69.2 IP) and 55 strikeouts against 19 walks in 38 games, seven starts, for the big league club. In his 31 relief appearances for the Mariners, the 6-5, 220 pound right-hander posted a 2.17 ERA (9 ER, 37.1 IP), including a 9.16 strikeouts per nine innings pitched (38 SO, 37.1 IP), compared to a 7.52 ERA (27 ER, 32.1 IP) as a starter. A native of Newport Beach, Calif., Maurer owns a lifetime 6-12 record and a 5.58 ERA (99 ER, 159.2 IP) and 125 strikeouts against 46 walks in 60 games, 21 starts, over parts of two Major League seasons. The 23rd-round selection of the Mariners in the 2008 draft, he owns a 20-21 record with a 3.79 ERA with 365 strikeouts against 135 walks in 89 games, 69 starts, over parts of seven minor league seasons.