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A’s acquire Seth Smith from Rockies for Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso

Jan 16, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT


Shortly after avoiding arbitration with Seth Smith by signing him to a one-year, $2.4 million deal the Rockies have traded the outfielder to the A’s for pitchers Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso.

Smith had a very good year for the Rockies in 2011, but became expendable once they signed Michael Cuddyer to join Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez as starting outfielders.

Smith is a solid platoon starter versus right-handed pitching, but he’s struggled against lefties and hasn’t hit much away from Coors Field. During the past three seasons Smith has batted .302 with a .935 OPS at home, compared to just .248 with a .736 OPS on the road.

Oakland was short on experienced (or even sort-of-experienced) starters as is, so parting with Moscoso and Outman leaves them with a very thin rotation. Moscoso pitched well as a 27-year-old rookie for the A’s, tossing 128 innings with a 3.38 ERA and 74/38 K/BB ratio. Outman has struggled to stay healthy, but the 27-year-old southpaw has good raw stuff and a 3.75 ERA in 151 career innings.

  1. Jeremiah Graves - Jan 16, 2012 at 1:51 PM

    The 2012 Oakland Athletics Pitching Probables Include:

    Bartolo Colon
    Dallas Braden
    Brandon McCarthy
    Mark Mulder
    Ben Sheets
    Rich Harden
    Brett Anderson
    Dennis Eckersley
    Jason Isringhausen

    …should be a fun year in Oakland.

    • proudlycanadian - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:23 PM

      Oakland is a possible landing place for AJ if the Yankees want to absorb all but the major league minimum on his contract.

  2. nekotman - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:05 PM

    The always watchful A’s strike again! They are building a powerhouse. Everyone hold your breath as we wait their next lightening bolt. Poor Billy.

    • icanspeel - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:14 PM

      Maybe they are setting themselves up for the sequel to Moneyball?

  3. icanspeel - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:07 PM

    I wonder if they told Seth Smith he’d be traded before or after signing him to the contract.

  4. trevorb06 - Jan 16, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    Seth Smith?! For two serviceable pitchers?! Pardon me if I think they could have at least gotten a decent prospect instead in return. I thought the A’s were rebuilding, not jogging in place.

    • drewsylvania - Jan 16, 2012 at 3:25 PM

      The A’s aren’t rebuilding. They’re making themselves look uberpoor so they can look justified in whining about a new stadium.

      It’s pathetic. A’s fans should jump ship in protest.

      • fuggles7 - Jan 16, 2012 at 4:25 PM

        Both of them??

  5. APBA Guy - Jan 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM

    Yeah, really, pay attention: A’s fans have been jumping ship to the tune of about 1,000 average per game per year since the glory days of the early 2000’s. That trend could accelerate this year, especially towards the end of the year. It could be real ugly inside the Mausoleum around August 1, or real peaceful if you are looking for a good place to nap undisturbed.

    And what did Seth Smith do wrong? He must have said something bad to somebody important in the Rockies’ power structure. Getting sent to Oakland is like being sent to the Russian Front on Hogan’s Heroes.” It’s punishment pure and simple.

    But he can land on his feet: see DeJesus, David.

    I thought the Rockies already tried the experiment with Oakland lefties a few years ago. Remember Dana Eveland and Greg Smith? Oh yeah, they also got Car-Go in that deal. Maybe that’s why they did this deal. Guilt.

    • jwbiii - Jan 17, 2012 at 12:08 AM

      “But he can land on his feet: see DeJesus, David. ”

      Is 2+1 with the Cubs at a pay cut an upgrade?

  6. studman4976 - Jan 17, 2012 at 3:48 AM

    LOL!!! Will be a Red In 3 Days….Not Much More Pitching To Give Up, but Walt WILL give it Up!!!

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