8:01pm: It’s a minor league deal with an invitation to MLB spring training, C. Trent Rosecrans of The Athletic tweets.
5:53pm: Outfielder Dwight Smith Jr. announced Monday on Twitter that he has signed with the Reds (h/t: Roch Kubatko of MASNSports.com). It’s presumably a minor league contract for Smith, whom the Orioles outrighted in late August.
Smith, now 28, became a professional when the Blue Jays chose him 53rd overall in the 2011 draft. He went on to post impressive numbers with the Blue Jays from 2017-18, but that came in a small sample of plate appearances. The Blue Jays then traded Smith to the division-rival Orioles for international pool money prior to the 2019 campaign.
Rebuilding Baltimore gave Smith a chance to establish himself as a regular in his first year with the organization, and while he did hit 13 home runs and steal five bases, he could only muster a .241/.297/.412 line across 392 plate appearances. Smith followed up with a .222/.306/.365 mark with a pair of homers in 72 trips to the plate in 2020.
Now that he’s a member of the Cincy organization, Smith will join a team with a crowded outfield. Nick Castellanos, Jesse Winker, Shogo Akiyama, Nick Senzel and Aristides Aquino are among those in the mix for the Reds.