Infielder Luis Urias has been traded by the Boston Red Sox to the Seattle Mariners. (Photo By Winslow Townson/Getty Images)
By Matthew Tallarini
World Baseball Network
Mexican infielder Luis Urias was traded to the Seattle Mariners on Friday from the Boston Red Sox in exchange for relief pitcher Isaiah Campbell.
Urias, 26, was born Magdalena de Kino, Mexico, and has played in six seasons in Major League Baseball since he made his debut on Aug. 28, 2018, with the San Diego Padres.
This past season, Urias split time between the Milwaukee Brewers and the Red Sox. The Brewers traded him to Boston on August 1 for right-handed pitcher Bradley Blalock.
Urias played in 52 games during the 2023 regular season with 177 plate appearances, batting .194 with 28 hits, six doubles, three home runs, 18 RBI, 21 walks, 41 strikeouts and a .636 OPS before being placed on the 10-day injured list on September 22 with a left calf strain.
Urias was also on the 10-day injured list and 60-day injured list with the Brewers at the beginning of the 2023 season with a strained left hamstring prior to his being activated on June 5.
In March, Urias suited up for Mexico at the 2023 World Baseball Classic and played in all six games, getting 18 at-bats and batting .278 with two runs scored, five hits, one home run, four RBI, two walks, and one strikeout. Mexico reached the semifinals of the WBC at loanDepot Park in Miami and lost to Japan 6-5.
In 2022, Urias played in 119 games with the Brewers, batting .239 over 472 plate appearances with 97 hits, 17 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs, 47 RBI, 50 walks, 99 strikeouts and a .749 OPS.
In his six-year Major League career, Urias has played in 445 games with 1,641 plate appearances and 331 hits, batting .234 with 61 doubles, four triples, 48 home runs, 180 RBI, 172 walks, 354 strikeouts and a .719 OPS.
Urias will be in the mix with Dylan Moore and Josh Rojas to play at second base for Seattle in 2024, and he could possibly find a spot on the opening day roster.
Campbell, 26, was born in Angra do Heroismo, Portugal, and made his Major League debut this past season on July 7 with the Mariners.
Campbell was drafted in the second round of the 2019 MLB Amateur Draft by the Mariners from the University of Arkansas.
This past season, Campbell appeared in 27 games out of the bullpen,posting a 4-1 record with a 2.83 ERA, recording one save and throwing 28.2 innings while allowing 22 hits, nine earned runs, two home runs, 13 walks, 33 strikeouts and a 1.221 WHIP.
Campbell played with Double-A Arkansas prior to being called up to the Mariners and posted a 6-0 record with a 2.63 ERA in 23 games out of the bullpen, throwing 24 innings and allowing 18 hits, seven earned runs, two home runs, seven walks, 27 strikeouts and a 1.042 WHIP.
The Seattle Mariners will play the Boston Red Sox at home to start the 2024 MLB regular season on March 28.