Mallex Smith
RF FA
Fri 7/10/20 1:45 PM

Smith, who's ticketed for the starting center field job, has yet to participate in Mariners summer camp workouts, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
Smith's absence has not been explained by the team. The Mariners have announced three players tested positive for COVID-19 prior to camp, but there are five players, including Smith, that have yet to participate. It can't be assumed Smith's absence equates to a positive test, but what is clear is that he's currently losing valuable preparation time ahead of the regular season.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Mon 4/20/20 7:14 PM

Smith made a strong impression on guest outfield instructor Mike Cameron this spring, Shannon Drayer of 710 ESPN Seattle reports.
EDGE Analysis
Cameron notes Smith was one of his best students in spring camp, which also featured guest appearances from past franchise luminaries such as Ken Griffey, Jr, Franklin Gutierrez and Ichiro Suzuki. The speedy outfielder demonstrated "tremendous" improvement in defensive drills, which consisted of fielding live balls off the bat of Suzuki. Smith sported fielding percentages of .984 or better at all three outfield spots in 2019, but Cameron's assessment implies the 26-year-old could be even sharper this coming season. "He's starting to put things together, showed a lot of improvement and Chris Prieto (former outfield coach) contributed a lot to that as did the fact that Mallex works so hard," Cameron said.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Sun 4/12/20 1:25 AM

Smith's spot on the Opening Day roster was considered secure when spring training was suspended, Greg Johns of MLB.com reports.
EDGE Analysis
The speedy outfielder's Cactus League performance didn't inspire confidence, as he hit .185 (5-for-27) with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and one run across 10 exhibitions. Smith also whiffed on eight occasions, a rather disappointing development considering the 26-year-old came into camp trying to improve on the career-high 24.9 percent strikeout rate he generated in 2019. The lack of spring training numbers notwithstanding, Smith's strong work at the plate over his two seasons in Tampa (2017-18) and elite speed on the basepaths are apparently enough to keep him entrenched as the starting center fielder heading into the campaign.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Tue 3/3/20 6:45 PM

Smith is hitting .308 (4-for-13) with a double, an RBI and a run over his first five spring games.
EDGE Analysis
Smith opened Cactus League action by going 0-for-5 over his first pair of games, but the speedy outfielder has been swinging a hot bat since. The 26-year-old is expected to head into the 2020 campaign as the starting center fielder, although he'll have to significantly improve on the career-worst .227/.300/.335 line he generated in 2019 to keep a hold of the job over the long term.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Fri 1/10/20 1:56 PM

Smith and the Mariners avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to a one-year, $2.35 million deal, freelance baseball writer Robert Murray reports.
EDGE Analysis
Smith helped out fantasy owners by stealing 46 bases last season, but he didn't do much other than that. In 134 games, he hit .227/.300/.335 with just six homers.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Fri 9/27/19 6:04 PM

Smith will sit Friday against Oakland.
EDGE Analysis
Smith is slumping to the finish line, going 4-for-50 at the plate over his last 16 games. Dylan Moore starts in center field Friday.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Wed 9/25/19 7:08 PM

Smith is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Astros, Ryan Divish of The Seattle Times reports.
EDGE Analysis
The Mariners will go with an outfield consisting of Shed Long, Kyle Lewis and Tim Lopes in Wednesday's series finale. While Smith is hitting just .190 over his past 25 games, he's compiled a .299 OBP and 11 steals during that stretch.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Sun 9/22/19 10:10 AM

Smith is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles.
EDGE Analysis
Smith stole his 45th base of the season in Saturday's game, but he also went 0-for-6, so manager Scott Servais decided to hold him out Sunday and get a right-handed hitter -- Ben Bishop -- in the lineup against Orioles southpaw John Means.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Fri 9/20/19 4:13 PM

Smith is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles.
EDGE Analysis
Smith sat Wednesday against a righty and will take a seat again Friday, this time against a lefty opener in Richard Bleier (right-hander Aaron Brooks is slated to follow as the Orioles' primary pitcher). While Smith has been a plus fantasy contributor with his 44 stolen bases, he's been pretty much a replacement-level player in real life. Dylan Moore is starting again in center.

Mallex Smith
RF FA
Wed 9/18/19 4:33 PM

Smith is not starting Wednesday against Pittsburgh.
EDGE Analysis
Smith has gone just 4-for-35 over his last 11 contests, though he does at least have five steals over that stretch. Dylan Moore will be the center fielder Wednesday.