Reports: Astros trade for Mariners reliever Kendall Graveman in rare intra-division deal

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By , SportsRadio 610

(SportsRadio 610) -- The Astros appear to be addressing their bullpen issues ahead of the trade deadline.

MLB.com's Brian McTaggart reported Tuesday afternoon the Astros traded infielder/switch-hitter Abraham Toro and right-handed reliever Joe Smith to the Seattle Mariners for right-handed relievers Kendall Graveman and Rafael Montero.

Houston Astros relief pitcher Joe Smith (38) throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park.
Houston Astros relief pitcher Joe Smith (38) throws a pitch against the Oakland Athletics during the ninth inning at Minute Maid Park. Photo credit Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

The Astros happen to be in Seattle for a series against the Mariners.

The Houston Chronicle's Chandler Rome reported seeing Toro, who just played for the Astros against the Mariners on Monday night, was seen in a Mariners uniform at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday evening.

The addition of Graveman helps bolster the back-end of the Astros bullpen. Gravemen has been outstanding out of the bullpen for the Mariners, pitching to a 0.82 ERA, 0.69 WHIP and striking out 34 batters in 33 innings pitched. He also had 10 save but will likely be used as a setup man behind All-Star closer Ryan Pressly.

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