The Seattle Mariners have added some help for the middle of their infield today, announcing a trade with the Baltimore Orioles. The move sends outfielder Trayvon Robinson to Baltimore in exchange for veteran infielder Robert Andino.
Andino has seen significant playing time over the last two seasons at second base filling in for the injured Brian Roberts. The 28-year old Andino has logged time at several positions, including shortstop, third base, and cameos in the outfield, but logged most of his time with the Orioles at second.
Last season, Andino appeared in 127 games for Baltimore and hit .211/.283/.305 with 41 runs scored, 28 RBI, seven home runs and five stolen bases. He started 96 games at second base where he turned 66 double plays and made 13 errors with a fielding percentage of .973.
The Mariners give up Robinson, who at 24 has made sporadic appearances in the big leagues over the last two seasons. Last year, Robinson appeared in 46 games for Seattle where he hit .221/.294/.324 with 16 runs scored, 12 RBI, three home runs and six stolen bases.
Seattle GM Jack Zduriencik said the time was right to make this move:
“The addition of Robert Andino gives us some experienced infield depth with a player who has played multiple positions. With Robert having Major League and playoff experience and still relatively young, we thought it made sense to make this trade and let him come in and compete.”
Andino will bring his experience at three infield positions to fill a utility role with the M’s next season. He’s an upgrade over Munenori Kawasaki who served as the primary backup at second base and shortstop in 2012.
The move is meant to trade a young prospect for a veteran backup, similar to the deal that brought John Jaso to Seattle last season. It isn’t a flashy deal, but it does help solidify the Mariners defensively as they try and make up ground in the AL West next season.