Mariners acquire Shaffer, Motter from Rays in 5-player deal

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.

In other moves, the Rays designated right-hander Steve Geltz for assignment and released left-hander John Lamb.

MLB | theScore

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