Tuesday, December 3, 2013

P Luke Gregorson traded for A's Seth Smith

News Flash!

RHP Luke Gregerson, 29, has just been traded to the Oakland Athletics for OF Seth Smith, 31.

Is this our left-handed power bat?

If he is, I think the Pads could have done much better.
Smith spent his first five years with Colorado and the past two years with Oakland. During that time, he hit .265 overall (.275 against NL pitching), with 73 homers, 273 RBIs and a .798 OPS.

In 2004, he was Colorado's second round draft pick out of the University of Mississippi. He can DH (how often do the Padres play AL teams?) and play left and right fields, based on what he did last season for Oakland, where he hit .253 with eight homers and 40 RBIs in 117 games.

He earned $3.7 million last year and is arbitration-eligible in 2014. His biggest claim to fame? Besides being a freshman All-American in baseball, he was the back-up to Eli Manning on U Miss' football team.

Meanwhile Gregerson, the Padres major set-up man, posted a 2.71 ERA last year. A Padre reliever over his entire five-year career, he's 17-22, with 16 saves and a 2.88 ERA during that time. Gregerson will also become a free agent in a year.

In reality, I think this was just a shot across the bow - I don't think the Padres are done trading yet. After all they still have a plethora of pitchers that can be moved. Besides, one of the other needs the team has talked about, is lefty pitching.

Like I've said before, this is going to be an interesting off-season.

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1 comment:

  1. As a fan of both teams... I have to admit I think the A's fan in me is a little more excited than the Brown and Gold fan in me. But I'm hoping both guys help their new teams.

    By the way... thanks for the Padres package. I should have a thank you post up by tomorrow. I hope you can use a few #19's. He's the bulk of my extra Padres cards. I'll try to get over to the post office sooner... than later.