Rockies Release Greg Smith

The Rockies released lefty Greg Smith, reports Jack Etkin of Inside the Rockies Smith was part of the Rockies' haul from the Athletics for Matt Holliday in November of 2008, along with Carlos Gonzalez and Huston Street.

Smith, 27, spent most of the 2010 season in Triple-A.  There he posted a 6.12 ERA, 5.9 K/9, 3.6 BB/9, and 1.7 HR/9 in 75 innings across 15 starts.  Smith also tossed 39 innings across eight starts for the big club.  He's battled shoulder issues since the middle of the '09 season.  His best year was 2008 with the A's, when he made 32 starts with a 4.16 ERA despite some middling peripheral stats.

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  1. Still can’t believe Oakland gave up that much for Holliday.

  2. RahZid 4 years ago

    I forgot that’s where CarGo came from. Good haul compared to losing him for picks.

    • corey23 4 years ago

      A’s got Brett Wallace for Holliday, who then was traded for Michael Taylor, who then can’t hit .250 in AAA or stay healthy, fml

      • bleedrockiepurple 4 years ago

        Some of the recent trades have really hurt you guys but yet the A’s have found a way to put a very good team on the field in 2011….Kudos and I’m rooting for you guys in the AL West this yr.

  3. BleedingBlue 4 years ago

    There goes any hope of salvaging my eTopps portfolio…

  4. woadude 4 years ago

    Just having Carlos Gonzalez in their line up makes the release of Greg Smith pretty easy to forget, way to go Oakland.

  5. Koby2 4 years ago

    Middling Peripheral Stats will be the name of my future band.

  6. Jeremy Johnson 4 years ago

    Whoa Oakland was where CarGO came from, looks like the Rockies won that trade big time.

  7. bigpat 4 years ago

    This guy flopped big time, but it doesn’t mean anything because CarGo has been a monster. It seems crazy to thing two teams traded him away and that he looked like a guy who would never live up to his potential early on. He never fit the profile of a Billy Beane player, so maybe his patience was a little low with him.

  8. $1742854 4 years ago

    Next to be released: Street, H.

  9. Didn’t the A’s get CarGo for Nick Swisher? Then shipped him after his first season with the club for Holliday.

    • No, Swisher was traded to the White Sox for Gio Gonzalez, Ryan Sweeney and Fautino de los Santos.
      Cargo came to Oakland in the 6 for 2 Dan Haren trade with the Diamondbacks.

  10. Robert Gaito 4 years ago

    Greg Smith had one of the BEST pick off moves I’ve ever seen. That was really the only upside of his entire career..

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