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Padres sign Seth Smith to $13 million contract extension

Jul 2, 2014, 2:44 PM EDT

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Apparently not having an actual general manager following the firing of Josh Byrnes isn’t stopping the Padres from making significant moves, as the team announced that they’ve agreed to a two-year, $13 million contract extension with outfielder Seth Smith.

Smith is in the middle of a career-year, hitting .281 with nine homers and an .890 OPS in 72 games, but he’s also 31 years old, batted just .246 with a .738 OPS in 242 games for the A’s over the previous two seasons despite often being held out of the lineup versus left-handed pitchers as part of a platoon, and has hit below .200 versus lefties this season.

It’s not exactly franchise-altering money or anything, but Smith seemed to be a prime trade candidate considering his age, higher than expected production, and the Padres’ struggles. Instead they just signed a good but not great platoon corner outfielder through his age-33 season with a team option for 2017.

  1. mirmz - Jul 2, 2014 at 2:50 PM

    You can really tell that Omar Minaya is currently running this team.

    • SocraticGadfly - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Maybe Omar and Ruben can trade themselves for each other?

    • gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2014 at 10:46 PM

      Actually, A.J. Hinch handled that. The Padres have a three-headed interim GM, and curiously, Minaya declined to be interviewed, citing family reasons. IOW, he’s an East Coast guy from NY, and his family hates tacos and surfing. I’ll bet he’s waiting for Alderson to get canned and get his old job back.

  2. dollasnsense - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:11 PM

    This franchise has no leadership, no direction or vision, and minimal talent..

    In other words, it sucks being a Padres fan

    • asimonetti88 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:01 PM

      At least they live in a great city.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:07 PM

      This franchise has new ownership as of August 2012, the old Moorad minority owners minus Moorad, and new O’Malley/Seidler majority owners. The Seidlers are Peter O’Malley’s sister’s sons, former owners of a minor league franchise they sold so they could be part of the majority owners’ group of the Padres.

      They’re taking their time making changes (removing Moorad holdovers), but likely have a plan. That’s more than can be said for the previous owner John Moores, who lost interest after 1998, turned the club over to Sandy Alderson for three years (whose greatest accomplishment was letting Bruce Bochy get away) and then sold half the club to Jeff Moorad and let him run it on a shoestring for three years.

      You can keep commenting “…no leadership… direction… vision…” but just put in the past tense. That’s history now.

      • dollasnsense - Jul 3, 2014 at 1:43 PM

        Thanks for the history lesson.. didn’t need it though, being a born, raised, and still residing San Diegan.

        And if you think resigning Seth Smith (who IS a platoon player regardless of what you think and nothing more than a 4th OFer at best) to this dumb extension is an indication of commitment to winning, then there’s no point in discussing anything Padres related with you.

  3. vanmorrissey - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:24 PM

    Smith has outproduced every other player on that team and this is a decent enough deal for them, but leads me to believe something else in the works to maybe get rid of excess baggage such as Quentin. If he accepts a trade, that is. That and maybe getting rid of Venable, lefty outfielder producing nothing but whom they extended for $4.5M.

  4. pdowdy83 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    The whole scenario around Smith and the Padres kind of baffled me. I thought they could have gotten a decent prospect for Luke Gregerson and used that money to sign someone like David Murphy or David Dejesus if they wanted an outfielder. Then at the same time they could have traded Smith for a decent prospect and instead extended him. They need to commit to either winning or rebuilding.

    • gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:17 PM

      It’s obvious they’re committed to winning by signing the guys who can hit. It’s also obvious they saw Smith as more than a platoon player, and he’s shown he’s better with regular playing time. They may also be hinting that they’re no longer depending on Carlos Quentin to be anything more than a part-timer.

  5. mt10425 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:58 PM

    At least he can hit from one side of the plate.

  6. icanspeel - Jul 2, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    It’s not saying much, but Seth Smith is the Padres Triple Crown leader this year, best average, HR and RBI total. It’s nice they reward him for it.

  7. gloccamorra - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Are the fire sale/rebuilding rumors going to stop now?

  8. weaselpuppy - Jul 3, 2014 at 2:29 AM

    Let Headley walk and take the comp pick, he’s really just not that good. Trade off Street Quentin Venable for whatever the market will bear asap this year. Tie Alonso to the bench. Start Liriano Maybin Smith Gyorko Cabrera Medica Grandal and a 3b that won’t break the bank for 2015. 1-3 starters look good in Cashner Ross Kennedy and backfill among the 6 or so guys that could be ok on the back end. Close with Benoit and use Thayer Torres and Stauffer more.

    Add 2 quality FA to that lineup and it’s a 500 team with future plans….

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