General manager Jerry Dipoto and the Seattle Mariners continue to stay active in trade-talk and free agency. On Friday afternoon, the team made their fourth deal of the offseason.
According to Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports, the Mariners have acquired second baseman Luis Sardinas from the Milwaukee Brewers for outfielder Ramon Flores.
While Dipoto has made four moves this offseason, Brewers general manager David Stearns has made three, in the last three days.
"I don't know if I can keep that up, but we've obviously had some activity the last couple of days," said Stearns.
Sardinas, 22, has the bat of a unility infielder, which the Mariners will test in spring traning and possibly add to their Opening Day roster. In 97 at-bats with the Brewers in 2015, he hit .196/.240/.216 with four RBI. The primary second baseman will have the ability to play third base and shortstop when the team needs.
The switch-hitter was acquired by Milwaukee in January as part of the deal that sent Yovani Gallardo to the Texas Rangers. Sardinas will now have to make the transition from Milwaukee to his new team in Seattle.
In Triple-A Colorado Springs, Sardinas hit .282 with one home run, 33 RBI, 17 doubles and 16 stolen bases over 103 games with the club in 2015.
Since coming into professional baseball at 17, Sardinas has slashed .285/.330/.355 with seven home runs, 213 RBI and 116 stolen bases. Sardinas has played six seasons and 599 total games since coming to America from Venezula in 2010.
As for Flores, he was acquired by the Mariners in July when the team traded outfielder Dustin Ackley to the New York Yankees. Now, the 23-year-old is taking his talents to Milwaukee.
"We had the opportunity to acquire a left-handed hitting outfielder who has performed throughout his career," Stearns said. "We believe he has the ability to contribute at the big-league level. At this point, we consider him predominantly an outfielder. He has played a little at first base.
"He has played all three outfield positions but probably is best suited for a corner. The left-handed component made a difference."
The left-handed hitting outfielder, who can also play the infielder, was signed in 2008 after leaving Barinas, Venezuela for a shot at the Big Leagues. Flores played 12 games in the MLB this season and hit .219/.219/.250 with seven hits, one double and three runs scored. Flores, however, spent most his time at the Minor League Baseball level.
In Triple-A, Flores hit .308 with nine home runs and 41 RBI over 87 games played.
In the past three days, besides adding Flores, Stearns has acquired infielder Jonathan Villar and infielder Javier Betancourt, who included a player to be named later.
Besides the aqusation of Sardinas, Dipoto has added right-hander Nathan Karns, right-hander Joaquin Benoit, center fielder Leonys Martin, who was packaged with right-hander Anthony Basss.