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 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.
Heredia went 1-for-2 with a walk in a win over the Yankees on Sunday. He also was caught stealing on his one attempt.
Heredia had been back with the big-league club since Aug. 27, but he'd only appeared as a defensive replacement or in a pinch-hit capacity until Sunday. The 28-year-old drew the start in center field with Dee Gordon getting a day off, but his playing time figures to continue to be few and far between for what remains of the campaign.
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