St. Louis Cardinals trade Sam Gaviglio for Seattle Mariners infielder Ty Kelly


The St. Louis Cardinals have acquired infielder Ty Kelly from the Seattle Mariners in exchange for right-handed pitcher Sam Gaviglio.

With the acquistion of Kelly, the 40-man Major League roster now currently stands at 37 players.

The 26-year-old infielder hit .263 with 15 home runs and a team-high 80 RBI in 134 games played this past season with Tacoma (AAA). He ranked second in the Pacific Coast League with 85 walks and his .381 on-base percentage ranked tenth. A switch-hitter, 14 of his 15 home runs this season came from the left side of the plate. With runners in scoring position, Kelly hit .378 with seven home runs.

The Baltimore Orioles selected Kelly as a 13th round draft pick in 2009 out of the University of California – Davis. In 703 career minor league games played, the California native has hit .282 with a .387 OBP, 39 HR’s, 336 RBI and 41 stolen bases.

Kelly will be a good addition for infield depth with his having played 64 games at second base and another 36 games played at third base.

As for Gaviglio, the Cardinals selected him in the fifth round of the 2011 draft. The former Oregon State pitcher played for Springfield (Texas League) this season, where he posted a 5-12 record with a 4.28 ERA in 25 appearances (24 starts).