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.”