Rays getting Zunino from Mariners

Reports: Zunino headed from Mariners to Rays in five-player trade

Reports: Zunino headed from Mariners to Rays in five-player trade

The teams were working late Wednesday to complete a trade, which the Seattle Times was first to report, that would bring the defensively skilled veteran catcher plus outfielder Guillermo Heredia to the Rays in exchange for outfielder Mallex Smith and perhaps a prospect.

Rosenthal notes the deal is pending a medical review and has not yet been officially announced. They didn't have an obvious starter heading to the season behind the plate and Zunino is an excellent defensive catcher. He had a really good offensive year in 2017 but regressed this past season, finishing with a.201/.259/.410 triple-slash line along with 20 homers and 44 RBI in 405 PA.

Smith played in 141 games for Tampa in 2018, his second year with the Rays, slashing.296/.367/.406 with two home runs and 40 RBI.

Heredia, 25, has been the fourth outfielder for the Mariners, not providing much offense but strong defense, which would help fill the void in trading Smith.

Smith is not yet eligible for arbitration, so he will be cheap in 2019 and under team control through 2022. The Rays got Smith in January 2017 in the Drew Smyly deal with the Mariners, who obtained him earlier that day from Atlanta.