Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/24/12
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Set the bar low There are a few things in life that I feel deserve low expectations:  Action movies that come out in January, Middle East peace talks and Robert Andino.  Looking over the stats it is not difficult to anticipate a batting average in the low two hundreds and subpar defense for the Mariners in 2013. Anything above that is a bonus.  However if you are feeling that the Mariners made a bad trade in sending the 25 year old Trayvon Robinson to Baltimore, know that most Orioles fans are upset to see Andino heading to Seattle. For such a low level trade, this is a transaction that has gained a lot of press time. What should M’s fans we be expecting from this move?  1. Trayvon Robinson won’t become the next Adam Jones To be perfectly honest, I think that it is the bad taste of the Erik Bedard trade that makes a lot of Seattle fans leery of this trade.  Adam Jones has turned into a sensation player in Major League Baseball, while all the Mariners got in that deal was someone to make Felix feel second rate while they sat on the disabled list. The Mariners ended up trading Bedard to Boston through a three way in 2011 for none other than Trayvon Robinson. What a weird circle.  2. That Robert Andino is not a threat to Brendan Ryan Jack Z happened to mention that Andino, who spent a majority of his time at second base last season, will have a chance to play shortstop in the spring. While he describes himself as a short stop, he has played plenty of games at third base, second base, left field and even center field.  Last season Andino placed third in errors committed as a second baseman, despite the fact that he played in only 127 games. Trayvon Robinson won’t become the next Adam Jones Robert Andino is not really in competition with Brendan Ryan but will rather get some starts at short to see if he is a legitimate back up for Ryan who tends to be a bit injury prone.  3. Good in the clutch The reason that Andino is so well loved in Baltimore is that he was the one that got the hit that knocked the Boston Red Sox out on the 2011 playoff in game 182 of the season. This event became known in the A.L. East as the “curse of the Andino” playing off the “curse of the Bambino” that allegedly plagued the Bosox from achieving world championship status for 86 years. What can be taken from this is that Andino is every bit the veteran that the Mariners need to train up the roster full of second and third year rookies.  4. Versatility The good thing about Andino is that he can play multiple positions, he seems comfortable starting as well as working off the bench.  His career batting average is .235, which is decent for a backup infielder role. 5. It was a fair trade Trayvon Robinson was filling a roster spot that he didn’t deserve, with Casper Wells, Eric Thames, Carlos Peguero and Mike Carp all in competition for the 4th outfield slot he was likely not to make the team out of spring. Seeing as he was out of options, the Mariners risked losing him on waivers.  At least this way the Mariners get something. Add in the fact Andino will be taking over the veteran utility role that was previously held by Chone Figgins.  Andino’s .211 average is significant improvement from Figgin’s dreadful .181. All in all, this trade feels pretty unremarkable, leaving just enough room to be impressed with anything higher than garbage. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE SEATTLE MARINERS CLUBHOUSE AT NWSB!
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