Rays, Mariners Finalizing Trade Centered Around Mike Zunino

The Mariners are working on a deal to send Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia to Tampa in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith

Reports: Zunino headed from Mariners to Rays in five-player trade

The Tampa Bay Rays are in the process of acquiring catcher Mike Zunino and outfielder Guillermo Heredia from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.

This comes one day after Yahoo Sports reported the Mariners were contemplating a "full-blown rebuild" of their roster. Neither club has confirmed the agreement. On the offensive side, he slashed.201/.259/.669 with 20 home runs for the Mariners.

Zunino was drafted with the third-overall pick in 2012 out of Florida. The 27-year-old batted.236 with five home runs and 19 RBIs in 292 at-bats in 2018.

Smith played in 141 games for Tampa in 2018, his second year with the Rays, slashing.296/.367/.406 with two home runs and 40 RBI. Smith also led the American League with 10 triples and was caught stealing 10 times, also tops in the American League.

That is because Mariners General Manager Jerry Dipoto is the most active GM in the sport in making trades and he just (officially) made another on Thursday. Wilson won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year for Catchers on Wednesday after spending 4,829 innings behind the plate.

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