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Second baseman Robert Andino.
In November, the Baltimore Orioles traded second baseman Robert Andino to the Seattle Mariners for outfielder Trayvon Robinson in a move that could benefit both organizations in 2013.
Andino, 28, was one of the hottest hitters in baseball in the month of April last year, batting .311 in 74 at-bats. He tapered off in May and then experienced a sharp drop-off in numbers for the remainder of the season.
With the Mariners’ outfield already in check, Trayvon Robinson was a necessary loss for Seattle.
The gaping hole in the infield is at shortstop, where the slick-fielding Brendan Ryan has been virtually nonexistent with the bat during his stint in Seattle.
Andino will likely begin 2013 on the bench, but he will get a quick promotion to a starting job once they team realizes that Ryan can't hit above the Mendoza Line.
Overall, I feel like Seattle could have done a better job of upgrading at shortstop, however, Andino is a definite improvement over the offensively-inept Ryan.