Athletics Acquire Seth Smith

The Athletics acquired outfielder Seth Smith from the Rockies for righty Guillermo Moscoso and lefty Josh Outman, according to the Rockies' Twitter feed.  The A's are a somewhat surprising match for Smith, but they did need corner outfield help after losing Josh Willingham and David DeJesus to free agency.  Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp round out Oakland's outfield.

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Smith, a 29-year-old left-handed hitter, batted .284/.347/.483 with 15 home runs in a career-high 533 plate appearances for the Rockies last year.  The corner outfielder has struggled against southpaws in his career.  Smith (pictured) is under team control through 2014, and MLBTR reported last night that he'll earn $2.415MM in 2012.  The Rays, Mariners, Braves, and Mets are among the other teams that showed interested in Smith this winter.  He became expendable after the Rockies signed Michael Cuddyer for $31.5MM in December.

Moscoso, 28, had his first prolonged big league exposure last year for the A's.  He posted a 3.38 ERA, 5.2 K/9, 2.7 BB/9, 0.98 HR/9, and 26.8% groundball rate in 128 innings.  His flyball/pitch-to-contact approach might not play well at Coors Field.  Originally signed by the Tigers, Moscoso was traded to the Rangers in December of '08 for Gerald Laird and then to the A's a year ago for Ryan Kelly.  Prior to the 2010 season, Baseball America wrote, "Moscoso is ready for a big league role, either as a back-of-the-rotation starter, a long reliever, or a swingman."

Outman, 27, tossed 58 1/3 big league innings last year and another 78 1/3 at Triple-A.  He's been a useful starter in the Majors, with a chunk of missed time due to June 2009 Tommy John surgery.  Outman was drafted by the Phillies in 2005 and traded to Oakland in '08 as part of the Joe Blanton deal.  Prior to that season, BA said Outman profiled as a number three starter.  Now, he'll join Moscoso in what Rockies GM Dan O'Dowd called a "raging competition" for rotation spots.  The Rockies are actually close to adding a veteran starter to the mix for more depth, tweets Troy E. Renck of the Denver Post.

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174 Comments on "Athletics Acquire Seth Smith"


chris_synan1
3 years 6 months ago

wow

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

Decent pickup for the A’s I think.

diesel2410
3 years 6 months ago

I feel terrible for Seth Smith

redsx968
3 years 6 months ago

haha as do I. I should correct myself. Decent pickup for the A’s, awful pickup for Seth Smith

corey23
3 years 6 months ago

Outman and moscasco are great pick ups for the rocks. 

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

You want to put Moscoso in Coors Field. 

Even the Giants and Padres will hit homeruns off him. 

roberty
3 years 6 months ago

Didn’t you see Moneyball???  He is the missing piece!  Now the A’s will win as many games as the Yankees! 

Jeff Weissbuch
3 years 6 months ago

I agree his numbers will take a nose dive

Lastings
3 years 6 months ago

Since when do the A’s need a QB?

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

OOH, OOH! I KNOW THIS ONE! He used to be Eli’s backup QB!

dbreer23
3 years 6 months ago

Yep…the Rockies were a great football team, between he and Helton…

lairdd
3 years 6 months ago

smith backed up eli manning and peyton manning backed up helton until he was hurt with a knee injury

Sam
3 years 6 months ago

They almost even got Russell Wilson

Thomas Wilson
3 years 6 months ago

Matt Holliday, Dexter Fowler were highly recruited HS Football players, the Rocks also drafted Michael Vick and Kyle Parker

3 years 6 months ago

Like this for the Rockies pitching depth at the major league level and only give up an expendable OF who is mediocre at best anyway.

Magorphenger
3 years 6 months ago

Great sign for the A’s

3 years 6 months ago

just my opinion btw don’t kill me.

3 years 6 months ago

And Helton was Paytons backup…now this bit of Trivia is gone

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

Did Vin tell you too? That’s how I knew.

3 years 6 months ago

I think they mentioned it via the Rox announcers.

CaseyBlakeDeWitt
3 years 6 months ago

Aren’t those the guys that rub each others heads?

3 years 6 months ago

Stockpiling pitchers apparently is the Rox MO this year. I like this trade. 2 Decent Arms for a player that we gave up on seems fine to me. Good luck Seth (vs righties)

3 years 6 months ago

Always loved Josh’s name. Straight and to the point…

3 years 6 months ago

Seth is a good player but can’t hit Lefties…not sure what your needs are on the A’s…I do like this trade from the Rockies side. We have depth in pitching apparently now

3 years 6 months ago

I’m not exactly sure how this is good for the A’s…? Quick, someone name the A’s rotation on opening day. Remember, Anderson is stil rehabbing, Braden may not be ready. The A’s needed SP depth, now they don’t have it. Bartolo Colon is the opening day starter? Ugh.

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

oh man colon the opening day starter…..

corey23
3 years 6 months ago

brett anderson

melonis_rex
3 years 6 months ago

not back until July. 

Robert Slye Jr.
3 years 6 months ago

I’d say it’s McCarthy at this point

joeybw
3 years 6 months ago

Great trade for the Rockies. Everyone knew they wanted to trade Seth Smith and they still got a nice return. What is the A’s rotation projected to be now? Moscoso was going to be in and Outman was depth. I think of McCarthy – Colon – Park – ? – ?

corey23
3 years 6 months ago

anderson, mccarthy, colon, then probably 2 guys they got from arizona… i can only assume taylor is going to be in AAA again this year… i guess there’s no reason to rush him since they arent doing anything til the move to SJ

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

McCarthy, Colon, Braden, Milone, Ross (if healthy) and if they sign another FA starter

I know it’s Six players, Milone, Ross, and Godfrey would be competing the 5th spot

dbreer23
3 years 6 months ago

Is everyone assuming that Peacock starts the year in AAA?  Or maybe someone with the A’s has already stated that will be the case…

Snoochies8
3 years 6 months ago

He doesn’t have a fully refined changeup, and he didn’t spend much time in AAA last year before being a september call up

3 years 6 months ago

Oh just realized that Moscoso’s BABIP was .212 last year…thats not good. Also he’s a fly ball pitcher

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

isnt chatwood also a flyball pitcher? and then Moscoso is too….wouldnt the Rockies want people that dont let the ball get in the air frequently?

3 years 6 months ago

Yea thats what I don’t get…Although its a HUGE outfield. The ball doesn’t carry like it used to but it falls in to alot of space. Not sure I get this trade considering Moscoso is an extreme FB pitcher.

Rangersfan32
3 years 6 months ago

Moscoso will fall apart in Colorado. He does not handle hitters parks well at all.

thekoshow
3 years 6 months ago

Braves fans everywhere celebrate.

10Steele
3 years 6 months ago

whew tht was a closeone. go braves

Tyler Jedrzejak
3 years 6 months ago

Thank god that all this braves trading prado for smith crap is finally done for good

Brian
3 years 6 months ago

cue in the A’s flipping smith for prado

3 years 6 months ago

Going to have to be a 3-team trade to get Tim Wheeler from COL…and that ain’t happening.

Eric Wright
3 years 6 months ago

wow I guess no Martin Prado for the Rockies then. Not a bad trade for the Rockies either.

vtadave
3 years 6 months ago

Your 2012 A’s rotation:

1. Brandon McCarthy until he’s traded
2. Bartolo Colon
3. Dallas Braden (if healthy)
4. Jarrod Parker
5. Brad Peacock

Tom Milone on deck, Tyson Ross in the hole (unless he’s a full-time reliever now?), and maybe Brett Anderson in July.

3 years 6 months ago

I have a feeling the ROX will be trading away some of these pitchers they’ve acquired. They have too many now don’t they?

sdsny
3 years 6 months ago

Good trade for the Rockies, but I can’t understand this from Oakland’s view.  He doesn’t fit the Oakland mold as a high OBP guy (although .347 isn’t terrible) and he’s 29.  This sounds like the Matt Holliday situation all over again.  Come July, he’ll be dealt to a team desperate for a left-handed bat.

3 years 6 months ago

Matt Holliday would probably hit you for comparing him to SS.

James Attwood
3 years 6 months ago

Wrong comparrison.

Also, Seth Smith isn’t likely to bring much back as a deadline deal. OFs with pop but only against RHP are nice to have, but only a contender with a gaping whole is going to give up much of anything to acquire one. A’s will be fortunate to get equal back what they paid for him.

sdsny
3 years 6 months ago

Can somebody explain to me where I compared Seth Smith to Matt Holliday at all?  I said it sounds like that situation, not that Seth Smith was equal to Matt Holliday in any way, shape, or form.