Seattle traded Heredia to Tampa Bay on Thursday along with Mike Zunino and Michael Plassmeyer in exchange for Mallex Smith and Jake Fraley. Heredia played in 125 games for the Mariners this past season, hitting .236/.318/.342 with five home runs, 19 RBI and two stolen bases. The 27-year-old ended the year with an impressive month of September, going 12-for-29 (.414 average) in limited playing time. He will likely serve as a fourth or fifth outfielder for the Rays with Tommy Pham, Kevin Kiermaier (foot), Brandon Lowe and Austin Meadows projected as starting options, though Heredia is capable of playing all three positions if necessary. That said, he's a below-average center fielder, so don't expect to see him patrolling the middle of the outfield unless Kiermaier deals with injuries again next season. The Rays could also send Heredia to Triple-A as depth since he's got a couple minor-league options remaining.
Heredia went 2-for-4 with an RBI double, a walk and three runs in a win over the Rangers on Friday. Heredia's late-season surge continued Friday, as he generated a multi-hit effort for the second straight start. The outfielder is hitting .417 (10-for-24) in September and has knocked in a run in four of his last six games.
Heredia laced an RBI double, walked twice and stole a base over three plate appearances in a loss to the Rangers on Sunday. The Rangers will be glad to be rid of Heredia, who went 4-for-6 with a pair of two-baggers, two RBI, two walks, Sunday's steal and two runs over the two weekend games of the series. The Cuban outfielder has hit safely in four straight and boosted his season average 13 points to .230 during September by going 8-for-19 thus far during the month.
Heredia went 3-for-5 with an RBI double and two runs in a win over the Rangers on Saturday. As mostly miserable as Heredia's slash line has been this season, he seems intent on finishing the campaign on a strong note. Saturday's multi-hit effort was his first since Aug. 1, and it brought his average over the last eight games to a blistering .389. Heredia could continue seeing regular playing time over the last week of the season now that the Mariners are officially eliminated from playoff contention.
Heredia went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Astros on Wednesday. Heredia launched a 337-foot shot to left to close out the scoring in the blowout win, his first homer since July 28. The Cuban outfielder has bounced back with a 4-for-13 tally in part-time duty during September after hitting just .147 in August. His defensive skills continue to afford him semi-regular playing time, but a pedestrian season at the plate has significantly neutralized his fantasy value.