The Seattle Mariners made a minor trade today, sending outfielder Trayvon Robinson to the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for infielder Robert Andino.
Andino, 28, hit .211 (81x384) with 41 runs, 13 doubles, 1 triple, 7 home runs and 28 RBI in 127 games for Baltimore in 2012. He appeared games at second base (108 G/96 GS), third base 15 G/9 GS, shortstop (2 G/GS) and one game each in left field and center field.
“The addition of Robert Andino gives us some experienced infield depth with a player who has played multiple positions” said Zduriencik. “With Robert having Major League and playoff experience and still relatively young, we thought that it made sense to make this trade and let him come in and compete.”
With the Mariners parting ways with Munenori Kawasaki, Andino fills the need for a utility infielder. It may also signal the annexation of Chone Figgins off the Mariners roster. Andino is out of major league options and is arbitration eligible for this season.
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In parts of eight Major League seasons with Florida (2005-08) and Baltimore (2009-12), Andino is a career .235 (292x1244) hitter with 152 runs, 52 doubles, 1 triple, 18 home runs, 92 RBI in 439 games. The Miami, FL native was originally selected by the Florida Marlins in the second round of the 2002 amateur draft.
Robinson, 25, appeared in 46 games, making 39 starts (all in left field) for Seattle, hitting .221 (32x145) with 16 runs, 4 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 12 RBI with 6 steals while appearing in 46 of the Mariners final 60 games of the season (starting July 28). With AAA Tacoma he hit .265 (90x340) with 50 runs, 18 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs, 41 RBI, .740 OPS in 83 games. Robinson was acquired by Seattle from the Boston Red Sox (with Chih-Hsien Chiang) in exchange for LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Josh Fields on July 31, 2011. He was originally drafted by the Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
"We thank Trayvon for his contributions and wish him the best of luck with the Baltimore Orioles,” added Zduriencik.
With this trade the Mariners 40-man roster remains at 37 players.