For the Mariners, it's some pitching depth and the hope for a bounceback year for Gallardo, who was excellent in 2015 with the Rangers.
Seattle made a second trade later Friday, sending right-hander Nathan Karns to Kansas City for outfielder Jarrod Dyson and in part replenishing the loss of Smith.
"Seth Smith is a veteran leader, good on-base man and proven hitter", Duquette said 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.
With the start of a New Year, Major League Baseball's offseason trades and free agent signings should heat up again.
Smith, 34, joins his fourth team in five seasons.
"Gallardo gives us the veteran presence that we have been searching for", Mariners general manager Jerry Dipoto said.
Last year, Smith who has also played for Colorado, Oakland and San Diego, hit.249 with career highs of 16 home runs and 63 RBIs. 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. 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. Gallardo then spent last season in Baltimore, going 6-8 with a 5.42 ERA in 23 starts.
It's the third trade between the Orioles and Mariners since December 2015. "He has a track record of durability and success as a starting pitcher". He had projected to serve as the left-handed bat in a right-field platoon with rookie Mitch Haniger. He missed almost two month - April 23 to June 18 - because of tendinitis in the biceps of his right shoulder. Both Wilson and Wright made the Orioles' Opening Day lineup and showed flashes of being capable starters, but also struggled in 2016 and found themselves on the shuttle between the majors and Triple-A Norfolk.