The Mariners and Seth Smith have been linked together for a while, as Smith is a left-handed a natural platoon partner for Justin Ruggiano that the Mariners have been interested in for a very long time. San Diego has tons of outfielders after trading for Justin Upton, Matt Kemp, and Wil Myers, so Smith (among others) are left out of the current mix.
Ryan Divish remarked last night that the Mariners had made offers for Smith, and this morning Jon Heyman dropped this nugget:
mariners have shown interest in seth smith, as @RyanDivish reported. padres seeking a power bullpen arm.— Jon Heyman (@JonHeymanCBS) December 30, 2014
Now, Shannon Drayer confirms and it looks like a deal is getting done.
Been brewing for awhile but hearing #Mariners are Very close to trade for Seth Smith.— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) December 30, 2014
There's no indication on the return, though Heyman does give a hint as to what it may be. The Mariners have tons of power arms in their system, and giving up one of them for two or three years of Seth Smith -- two years with a third year option, all at very reasonable costs -- would likely be a return that could be easy to stomach.
Worst case scenario is Brandon Maurer, but a more likely scenario here is probably Carson Smith. Yoervis Medina would be a shocking robbery and wonderful. Tom Wilhelmsen would be possible, but light on San Diego's side. It's also fair to wonder if other pieces may also be involved. Stay tuned, but for now this gets a hesitant thumbs slightly up, based on assumptions that may or may not be true.