The Mariners Tuesday acquired infielder Robert Andino from the Baltimore Orioles in exchange for outfielder Trayvon Robinson. Based on his stats, Andino doesn’t figure to show up on the new $10 million scoreboard very often. The 28-year-old hit .211 in 127 games last season, collecting 13 doubles, a triple, seven home runs and 28 RBIs, but is versatile defensively. He played second base, third, short, left field and center.
“Andino gives us some experienced infield depth with a player who has played multiple positions,” said general manager Jack 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.”
In parts of eight seasons with Florida (2005-08) and Baltimore (2009-12), Andino is a career .235 (292×1244) hitter with 152 runs, 52 doubles, 1 triple, 18 home runs, 92 RBI in 439 games. The Miami native was selected by the Florida Marlins in the second round of the 2002 amateur draft
Robinson, 25, appeared in 46 games last season, making 39 starts (all in left field) while hitting .221 (32×145) with 16 runs, four doubles, one triple, three home runs, 12 RBIs and six steals. He appeared in 46 of the Mariners’ final 60 games.
With AAA Tacoma, Robinson he hit .265 (90×340) with 50 runs, 18 doubles, two triples, nine home runs, 41 RBI, .740 OPS in 83 games.
The Mariners acquired Robinson from the Boston Red Sox (with outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang, who was released in June 2012) in exchange for LHP Erik Bedard and RHP Josh Fields July 31, 2011. He was drafted by the Dodgers in the 10th round of the 2005 amateur draft.
Andino is apparently destined to replace Munenori Kawasaki, the popular infielder from Japan who was released in October after one season. Kawasaki hit .192 in 1104 at-bats over 61 games while primarily backing up Brendan Ryan at shortstop.
With this trade the Mariners 40-man roster remains at 37 players.