Padres Sign Smith to $4.5MM for 2014, Avoid Arbitration
The Padres announced today that they have come to terms with outfielder Seth Smith for a one year contract through the 2014 season. Smith, who was acquired on December 3rd through a trade with the Oakland Athletics for reliever Luke Gregerson, was eligible for arbitration and with the announcement of the one-year deal the team has successfully avoided that process.
CBS reporter Jon Heyman reports that Smith will earn about $4.5 Million while MLB TradeRumors also had projected on Twitter that Smith would merit a $4.3 Million salary in his final trip through arbitration. Gregerson is also eligible for arbitration this year, and had earned a $3.2 Million salary for the 2013 season. Smith had earned $3.6 Million in 2013 with the Oakland Athletics.
Smith, a 7 year veteran and 2nd round draft pick of the 2004 amateur draft, sports a career batting average of .265 with 73 homeruns and 273 RBI with Colorado and Oakland. Smith was picked up by the Padres front staff due to his “success against right handed pitching.”
Smith’s line against left handed pitching reads at only .201/.269/.313 while against right handed pitching Smith sports a healthy .279/.357/.487 career line. 65 of Smith’s 73 career homeruns and 231 of his 273 career RBI have come against righties. It is speculated that Smith will typically platoon the outfield with one of the other Padres outfielders (Venable, Quentin, Maybin, Denorfia) and be called upon as a lefty bat off the bend against right handed pitching.
With the announcement of Smith’s one-year deal, the Padres now have only six players who remain arbitration eligible on the roster. Included on the list of arbitration-eligible players are Andrew Cashner, Ian Kennedy, Tyson Ross, Everth Cabrera, Kyle Blanks and Chase Headley. More news will come as the team reaches deals (arbitration or otherwise) with these players.