Padres, Smith Agree to 2-year/$13MM Extension
For a team that’s poised and ready to sell off its roster (being 10-games under .500 at the time of this writing and just two weeks away from the All-Star break), a 2-year extension worth $13 million doesn’t really seem like the type of thing the Padres would be prepared to offer.
Nonetheless, the Padres have reportedly agreed to a 2-year extension with outfielder Seth Smith worth $13 million with a club option to get a third year. This gives the Padres the option to keep Smith around until perhaps 2017.
Smith, a 31-year old veteran with 8-years of Major League service under his belt, was acquired by the Padres during the offseason from Oakland in exchange for relief pitcher Luke Gregerson. Since joining the Padres organization, Smith has been a shining beacon of consistency, posting a .281/.384/.506 line with 25 RBI and 9 Homeruns in 72 games. Smith was originally thought to be a platoon-outfielder at the start of the season, but has made his case as an everyday starter who has proven to be a game changer and aggressive force in a roster riddled with Mendoza-club players and anemically offensive numbers.
Over his 8 seasons in the majors, Smith has posted a career .266/.346/.461 line with 298 RBI and 82 homeruns. This season alone, Smith has already beat his homerun totals of the 2013 season and is 15 RBI shy of his 2013 mark as well.
Smith was originally a 2nd round draft pick out of the 2004 MLB draft by the Colorado Rockies, and spent parts of 5 seasons at the friendly confines of Coors Field. His $13 million contract extension eclipses the contract he was signed to this season, which earned him $4.5 million in a 1-year deal with the Padres.
Some have speculated that this deal is only done in an effort to make Smith appear more marketable since the Padres have underperformed in 2014, but whether or not this holds true remains to be seen. For now, it would appear that the team has found something that they want – and need – on their club and hopefully this extension pays dividends for a club desperately seeking an offensive spark.