The Tampa Bay Rays and Seattle Mariners made a five-player trade Friday that will send former first-round pick Richie Shaffer and utility player Taylor Motter to the Mariners for three minor leaguers.
Tampa receives minor-league infielder Dalton Kelly, as well as right-handers Andrew Kittredge and Dylan Thompson, in the deal.
Shaffer, 25, was drafted 25th overall in 2012 and has appeared in 51 big-league games, slashing .213/.310/.410 with five home runs and 10 RBIs.
The 27-year-old Motter made his major-league debut for the Rays in 2016, hitting .188/.290/.300 with two home runs, three doubles, and nine RBIs in 34 games.
Thompson, the 22nd-best prospect in the Mariners’ system prior to the trade (according to MLB Pipeline), is the biggest piece going to Tampa.
The 20-year-old was selected in the fourth round of the 2015 draft, and owns a 2.87 ERA across 12 appearances in rookie ball during his short professional career.
Kittredge, 26, made it as high as Triple-A in 2016. He appeared in 23 games – starting one – and posted a 3.55 ERA and 1.26 WHIP in Tacoma.
The 22-year-old Kelly was a 38th-round draft choice in 2015. He hit .293/.384/.416 at Single-A Clinton last season, which included 141 hits and 30 doubles in 564 plate appearances.