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Padres acquire OF Smith, trade RHP Gregerson 

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The Padres acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for right-handed relief pitcher Luke Gregerson earlier today according to Ken Rosenthal on Twitter. The news was reported around 1:35pm, which was met with mixed emotions by Padres fans online.

Smith, a 31 year old Veteran and product of the Colorado Rockies system, made his major league debut in 2007 after being drafted in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft. Smith hit for a .253 batting average with 40 RBI and 8 homeruns last season, appearing in 117 games for the Athletics. Smith has a lifetime line of .265/.342/.456 with 273 RBI and 73 homeruns over seven seasons in the majors.

Smith’s best season in the majors came in 2009, when he hit for .293 with 55 RBI and 14 homeruns with a .510 slugging percentage. Smith consistently hovers around a .330+ OBP.

Gregerson, the Padres “go-to” setup man for the last five seasons, posted a 17-22 record with a 2.88 ERA in 363 games with the Friars. Gregerson finished a career high 17 games last season, and collected four saves with 64 strikeouts. Gregerson finished last season with a 6-8 record and 2.71 ERA. Gregerson was a 28th round draft pick by the St. Louis Cardinals back in the 2006 amateur draft and made his debut with the Padres back in 2009.

With the acquisition of Smith, the Padres now have an abundance of outfielders on their roster, including Blanks, Denorfia, Guzman, Quentin, Venable, and Amarista. What place Smith has on the active 25-man roster, though, is yet to be determined.

Stay tuned to the Friarhood this offseason for more breaking news and Padres player transactions.

 

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About the author: Ian Edward Russell Smith

Ian is a former writer for the San Diego Padres, having worked as the Padres' "In-Season Blogger" during the 2015 season. Ian wrote as a member of the Friarhood's writing staff between parts of 2013-2015, writing over 100 articles over that span. In addition to being a writer, Ian is also a recent graduate of California Western School of Law in San Diego, having earned a Juris Doctor, as well as his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science/Law & Society from the University of California, Riverside. Be sure to follow Ian on Twitter (@SDRedBull8) to see what other ramblings he's posted about the Padres, San Diego, and baseball in general!

  • Bryan

    I’m devastated we’re making moves like this, I had high hopes for this ownership group. What the outfield needs is bonafide starters, not just another guy to throw into the mix.

  • loleta dude

    I hope I’m wrong, but this just seems like a horrible trade. If they had pulled the trigger last season at the trade deadline, we might have something better than a journeyman sub outfielder whose best season had 55 RBIs. Correct me if I am wrong, but isn’t Gregerson worth more?