MLB: Barter! Astros and Mariners trade two for two

MLB Barter Astros and Mariners trade two for two

The Houston Astros moved to improve their bullpen Tuesday, acquiring right-handed relievers Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero of the Mariners in exchange for the young Canadian infielder Abraham Toro and veteran right-hander Joe Smith, just hours before the clubs met in Seattle.

Graveman had been the best reliever for a surprising Mariners team that entered the AL West in third place on Tuesday, six games behind the first-place Astros but only one game behind the Athletics. for second place as a wild card in the American League:

A big key for Seattle has been his 23-8 record in one-career games, which the 30-year-old Graveman helped achieve by posting a 0.82 ERA in 30 appearances, to go with a 4-0, 10 record. salvages. Graveman, with a salary of $ 1.25 million, will become a free agent after this season.

Graveman will help a Houston bullpen that entered Tuesday 15th in the majors in ERA and 22nd in the FIP, giving the club a solid double off closer Ryan Pressly.

Smith, a 37-year-old right-hander, has enjoyed a solid 14-year career, but posted a 7.48 ERA in 27 games for the Astros this year. Toro, 24, has spent most of his time at third base, with the switch hitter hitting .211 / .287 / .385 with six home runs in 35 MLB games this season.

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Montero, acquired by Seattle in a trade with Texas last December, started the season as the Mariners’ closer, but ultimately lost his job and was designated for assignment on Friday. He has a 7.27 ERA in 40 appearances this season, allowing 56 hits in 43 1/3 innings.

Rafael Martinez

I am fond of the King of Sports, especially the Boston Red Sox in MLB and in general all of Mexican baseball. This profession has given me the opportunity to cover major events such as the Caribbean Series, LMB All Star, LMP (uninterrupted since 2009), signings of important players. I had the chance to attend the 2013 World Classic in Arizona, USA, albeit as a fan. Apart from this beautiful sport, I love basketball, where I have also narrated games and even an NBA friendly 10 years ago, but I carry baseball in my veins. Bachelor of Communication Sciences from the Autonomous University of Sinaloa (UAS) , from which I graduated in 2011. I was born in Mazatlán, Sinaloa and started in the world of sports journalism in 2004 in the newspaper El Sol de Mazatlán, where I was a baseball columnist and reporter at the same time. In January 2009 I came to El Debate as a journalist reporter and it was almost six years (in the first stage), until in November 2014 I emigrated to the radio providing my services in Línea Directa-Grupo RSN. My cycle there ended in July 2019 and after a few days, El Debate gave me another opportunity to work and opened the doors for me again. That is how I came to Al Bat, where I have been since 2019 as a web journalist.

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