Mariners News: Seth Smith excited about his trade to Seattle

The Seattle Mariners acquired a proven left-handed platoon bat on Tuesday to pair alongside Justin Ruggiano in right field, dealing reliever Brandon Maurer to the San Diego Padres for Seth Smith.

Smith, 32, has a .277/.358/.481 slash line against right-handed pitching and looks to keep bringing his specialist touch upon his move to the Pacific Northwest.

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"I'm very excited," Smith said from his home in Madison, Miss, via Greg Johns of "Obviously last year, making it to the end, fighting for playoff spot was fun to watch. I got to see them first-handSeattle Mariners in 2012 and '13 [when playing for the A's] and they were always right there. We never liked playing against them in Oakland. If you have a pitching staff like that and add in new guys like they've added recently, we're going to be a good team. It's definitely exciting to be headed to a team going in the right direction."

Smith has exceeded 383 at-bats only twice in his eight-year MLB career, but his reputation as a good teammate with a knack for clutch hitting will likely help him fit in just fine with the retooling Mariners.

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