Padres acquire OF Smith, trade RHP Gregerson
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.
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