Seattle trades Kendall Graveman to Houston; Mariners players upset

The Seattle Mariners traded right-hander Kendall Graveman to the Houston Astros on Tuesday while the teams were set to face each other.

The Astros also received Rafael Montero, and sent infielder Abraham Toro and reliever Joe Smith to Seattle.

Graveman said he was surprised by the trade. He had assumed he would remain with the Mariners, who were about to score their fourth consecutive win against the divisional opponents.

“I didn’t see it coming, but there’s always that percent of, ‘This game’s a business,’” said Graveman. “I’m speaking truth and honest, the way I felt is, [we’re] nine games over .500 over on that side and playing pretty good ball while I was there. That takes away from the last five days, honestly, I think. But we’ll see if they bounce back.”

Despite having been absent for almost a month due to Covid-19 protocols in May and June, Graveman was still dominating the mound. He is 4-0 with a 0.82 ERA and 10 saves in 30 appearances this year. He also has not allowed an earned run in his past 12 appearances.

The move angered several Mariners players. According to sources, they even broke and smashed the team’s equipment while one player “went absolutely mad.”

“Are you [expletive] kidding me?” said the player. “It never changes. They don’t care about winning. How do you trade him and say you care about winning? And you trade him to Houston? It never changes.”

 
Kendall Graveman

 

Kendall Chase Graveman is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball . He previously pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Oakland Athletics, (wikipedia)

 
 
Seattle Mariners

 

The Seattle Mariners are an American professional baseball team based in Seattle, Washington. They compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division. (wikipedia)

 
 
Houston Astros

 

The Houston Astros are an American professional baseball team based in Houston. The Astros compete in Major League Baseball as a member club of the American League West division, (wikipedia)

 
 
Abraham Toro

 

Abraham Josue Toro is a Canadian Venezuelan professional baseball third baseman for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball . He previously played for the Houston Astros. (wikipedia)

 
 
Rafael Montero (baseball)

 

Rafael Montero is a Dominican professional baseball pitcher for the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball . He previously played in MLB for the New York Mets, Texas Rangers, and Seattle Mariners. (wikipedia)

 
 
Joe Smith (pitcher)

 

Joseph Michael Smith is an American professional baseball pitcher for the Seattle Mariners of Major League Baseball . He previously played for the New York Mets, Cleveland Indians, (wikipedia)

 
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