Seattle Mariners Executive Vice President & General Manager of Baseball Operations Jerry Dipoto announced today that the club has acquired infielder Luis Sardiñas from the Milwaukee Brewers in exchange for outfielder Ramon Flores.
Sardiñas, 22, spent the majority of last season with AAA Colorado Springs, hitting .282 (110×390) with 51 runs, 17 doubles, 5 triples, 1 home run, 33 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 103 games. Appeared in 36 games with the Brewers, hitting .196 (19×97) with 8 runs, 1 triple and 4 RBI in two stints in the Majors (May 15-June 8 & Sept. 8-end of season). During his Major League career, has appeared defensively at second base (35 G, 22 GS), shortstop (27 G, 22 GS) and third base (10 G, 7 GS). In his minor league career, has appeared in games at shortstop (390 G, 384 GS) and second base (46 G, 41 GS).
The switch-hitter was rated as a Top-100 prospect by Baseball Prospectus & MLB.com in both 2013 & 2014. He entered the 2015 season as the 3rd-best prospect in the Brewers organization according to Baseball America after being acquired from Texas in the Yovani Gallardo trade on Jan. 19, 2015. In parts of two Major League seasons with Texas (2014) and Milwaukee (2015), has hit .231 (49×212) with 20 runs, 6 doubles, 1 triple and 12 RBI in 79 games. During his minor league career, has hit .288 (514×1786) with 281 runs, 76 doubles, 14 triples, 6 home runs and 161 RBI in 446 games in six seasons. He was originally signed by Texas as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2009
Flores, 23, was acquired from the New York Yankees along with RH Jose Ramirez in exchange for OF Dustin Ackley on July 30. With AAA Tacoma, he hit .423 (22×52) with 11 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 home runs, 7 RBI and 11 walks in 14 games before being placed on the minor league disabled list on Aug. 15 for the remainder of the season with a right fibular fracture. Prior to being acquired by Seattle, he hit .286 (79×276) with 43 runs scored with 11 doubles, 2 triples, 7 home runs, 34 RBI, 39 walks and 3 stolen bases in 73 game with AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in the International League. He appeared in 12 games with the Yankees, hitting .219 (7×32) with 3 runs and 1 double