Phase two of acquiring a reliever was nabbing Brandon Maurer from the Seattle Mariners for Padres 2014 offensive MVP Seth Smith. Amazingly Smith went from the Padres best offensive weapon to someone who wasn’t in the team’s plans. With all the added outfielders the Padres needed to deal someone and Smith had the most value. Smith hit .247 this season in Seattle with 11 home runs and 41 RBI’s. His WAR numbers dropped from 4.0 in 2014 with the Padres to 1.7 this year in Seattle.
Maurer looks to be a dominant pitcher, the question is if the Padres want him to start or keep relieving. Maurer went 7-4 this season for the Padres with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.059 WHIP. He has the arm and stuff to start, so it will be interesting to see if the Padres decide to move him into the rotation. The addition of Maurer for Smith was an A.J. Preller masterpiece.