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Padres, Seth Smith avoid arbitration for $4.5 million

Jan 14, 2014, 3:15 PM EDT

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Seth Smith has agreed to a one-year contract with the Padres, avoiding arbitration.

San Diego acquired Smith from Oakland six weeks ago in exchange for reliever Luke Gregerson and he figures to see consistent playing time in the Padres’ outfield against right-handed pitching.

Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com says it’s a $4.5 million deal, which is pretty expensive considering Smith didn’t hit very well after leaving the Rockies and Coors Field, posting a modest .246 batting average and .738 OPS for the A’s.

  1. Joe - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:45 PM

    .738 OPS, actually, but that’s a 107 OPS+.

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