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MLB Rumor Central: Mariners willing to deal OF Seth Smith?

Seth Smith has hit 113 homers over 10 seasons, 104 against right-handers. Stephen Brashear/Getty Images

The Seattle Mariners may be open to dealing Seth Smith if the outfielder can bring back a veteran starting pitcher in return.

Rumor Central

Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune reports the Mariners "show a willingness" to trade Smith, who hit .249/.342/.415 in 378 at-bats last season. The 34-year-old Smith has value as a platoon player -- he is a career .272 hitter against right-handed pitching compared to a .202 mark against southpaws. He hit all 16 of his home runs last season against righties.

If Smith is traded, Dutton notes the Mariners can give rookies Ben Gamel and Mitch Haniger "extended looks" in the corner outfield spots, with Danny Valencia and possibly Guillermo Heredia in reserve roles.

The Mariners are looking to add a starting pitcher to replace Taijuan Walker, who was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the deal for All-Star shortstop Jean Segura. If recent history is any indication, Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto is not afraid to deal, writes MLB.com's Greg Johns.

-- Doug Mittler