According the Colorado Rockies’ official Twitter feed, the residents of Coors Field have traded outfielder Seth Smith to the Oakland Athletics for right handed pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and left handed pitcher Josh Outman.
The deal lands the A’s a useful corner outfielder who mashes right handed pitching about as much as he struggles against left handed pitching. Smith will most likely team up with the recently acquired Josh Reddick and Coco Crisp as everyday players in the Oakland outfield. However, the A’s have the option of platooning Michael Taylor or Collin Cowgill with Smith, allowing either of the young outfielders to take his place against tougher lefties. Smith is under team control through 2014, and is scheduled to earn a little less than $2.5 million this coming season.
In return for Smith, the Rockies receive two pitchers who are just as likely to compete with Drew Pomeranz, Kevin Slowey and Alex White for spots in the back end of the rotation as they are to fill a role in the bullpen. Both guys rely on a fastball, slider and change up to get batters out, but Moscoso’s high fly ball rate conjures up a scary scenario for the Rockies playing in the thin air of Denver.
I’m not certain if Smith was properly appreciated by manager Jim Tracy in Colorado, where he put up an impressive .830 OPS and .357 wOBA in 533 plate appearances last season. While his numbers will most likely go down a little bit by switching addresses from Coors Field to the Oakland Coliseum, I think he wins this deal more than either team with the chance for a fresh start.
The A’s basically give up barely above replacement level pitchers for an outfielder that they can afford to give a chance to succeed. I like it from Oakland’s perspective.