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 Posted: Wed Dec 31st, 2014 05:43 pm
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The San Diego Padres managed to unload one of their myriad outfielders Tuesday afternoon, trading Seth Smith to the Seattle Mariners for right-hander Brandon Maurer, the team announced.

Few teams have been as busy this offseason as the Padres. Newly-hired general manager A.J. Preller acquired Matt Kemp, Justin Upton and Wil Myers through a series of trades that created a surplus in San Diego's outfield and rendered Smith expendable.

The Mariners, meanwhile, made clear earlier this offseason their desire to bolster their offense by signing free agent Nelson Cruz before trading for outfielder Justin Ruggiano. Smith, who managed an impressive 135 OPS+ over 136 games last season, should help improve Seattle's run production in 2015 and will likely serve as the left-handed complement to Ruggiano in an outfield platoon.

Though Maurer spent time as both a starter and reliever last season, the 24-year-old will likely find himself in San Diego's bullpen in 2015 after enjoying considerable success over 31 relief appearances. Maurer, a 23rd-round pick in 2008, crafted a 2.17 ERA with a 0.96 WHIP in those appearances, fashioning a 7.60 strikeout-to-walk ratio while allowing just one home run over 37 1/3 innings.