Mariners just flipped Mallex to Rays for Smyly, damn
Surely Coppy knew he could get Smyly in a simple package around Smith. All I can think is that the report of Coppy almost making a deal for Archer was true and centered around Smith and others. Tampa countered and said they'd give Smyly and Coppy said no but the Mariners still really wanted him and figured out how.
Smyly projects at 2.5 WAR next year, which is better than every single pitcher on the Braves roster not named Julio Teheran. Actually, according to FG projections, Smyly would be the best pitcher on the Braves staff, even better than Julio. Unbelievably bad series of moves for the Braves.
It wasn't simply flipping Mallex for Smyly. The Vargas kid is a big international signing SS from 2015 who has huge tools. This would be like us trading Mallex and Pache/Cruz for Smyly. Considering Smyly is almost eligible for free agency, don't think he makes much sense for us.
I don't love the trade, but Gohara seems interesting enough. If he has a big year this year then we have a top 100 prospect in lieu of a solid 4th OF. I get the logic.
Last edited by chop2chip; 01-11-2017 at 04:11 PM.
Neglected to mention this transaction:
Another name from the past.Seattle has designated righty Cody Martin to clear roster space.
If you're upset, be upset with the trade we did make as opposed to the one we didn't make (and shouldn't have made)
Nevertheless, if somebody was going to flip Mallex Smith for Drew Smyly, I wish it had been us.