Mariners land Denard Span, Alex Colome in deal with Rays

Alex Colome #37 of the Tampa Bay Rays pitches in the ninth inning against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium on May 15, 2018 in Kansas City, Missouri. (Photo by Ed Zurga/Getty Images)

SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Mariners made the first big deal of the season acquiring outfielder Denard Span and right-handed reliever Alex Colome from the Tampa Bay Rays for two minor leaguers.

Seattle sent minor league right-handers Andrew Moore and Tommy Romero to Tampa Bay in the deal made Friday.

Seattle general manager Jerry Dipoto is trying to take advantage of the Mariners’ strong start by adding help in the bullpen and depth in the outfield. Colome may be the most important acquisition. He was an All-Star in 2016 with the Rays and had 47 saves last year. He’s an immediate boost to a bullpen that’s been relied on heavily early in the season.

Span has played both center field and left field in his career. He was hitting .238 in 48 games with the Rays, but his ability to play multiple spots in the outfield is the big benefit to Seattle after Dee Gordon’s move to second base due to Robinson Cano’s suspension.

The Rays also sent for minor league right-hander Peter Bayer to Oakland for right-hander Wilmer Font. Oakland acquired Font from the Los Angeles Dodgers on April 25, and designated him for assignment Wednesday.