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Tuesday, December 03, 2013

Padres acquire Seth Smith from A’s for Luke Gregerson

I do subscribe to the theory that Padre relievers are made-up people.

Clearing out their outfield logjam a bit following the deal for Craig Gentry earlier today the A’s have traded Seth Smith to the Padres for reliever Luke Gregerson.

Smith put up some big numbers in Colorado early in his career, but hit just .246 with a .738 OPS in 242 games for Oakland during the past two seasons…

Gregerson has posted consistently excellent numbers as a setup man for the Padres, including a sub-3.00 ERA in each of the past three seasons and a career strikeout rate of 9.1 per nine innings. However, much like Smith’s numbers were once helped by Coors Field, his career ERA away from pitcher-friendly Petco Park is 3.85.

The District Attorney Posted: December 03, 2013 at 04:59 PM | 19 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: athletics, luke gregerson, padres, seth smith, trades, transactions

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   1. Al Kaline Trio Posted: December 03, 2013 at 05:47 PM (#4609931)
I think Pitt got a bluetooth and is doing donuts in a parking lot having a great time making trades and burning his clutch.
   2. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 03, 2013 at 08:15 PM (#4610036)
I'm exhausted by all the A's moves. I can't imagine actually working there. Anderson is next supposedly.
   3. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 03, 2013 at 10:49 PM (#4610188)
This must be a prelude to a bigger deal later on for the Padres. Seth Smith gives them like league-average outfielder # 8.
   4. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 09:46 AM (#4610336)
There have been rumors of them dealing Quentin for some time now. Blanks doesn't really fit there, and he's cheap so I can see him getting dealt. But yea, what a logjam. This could be a busy winter meetings.
   5. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 09:50 AM (#4610342)
There have been rumors of them dealing Quentin for some time now.


Doesn't he have a NTC? I know he signed with the Padres specifically because he's from the area.
   6. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 09:55 AM (#4610344)
Yea, a full NTC, but that just means he gets to pick where he goes and get more money.
   7. Bourbon Samurai Posted: December 04, 2013 at 10:40 AM (#4610370)
Huh I was playing the padres in baseball mogul and just made a huge trade with the a's that involved gregerson and smith
   8. zonk Posted: December 04, 2013 at 11:11 AM (#4610403)
I feel like the Padres ought to send Blanks to the Cubs just to make up for the Rizzo/Cashner deal...
   9. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:24 PM (#4610541)
I don't get this from the Padres POV at all. Why do they want Seth Smith? Seth has his uses but maybe more for the Yankees or Reds or someone with a glaring OF hole.
   10. Davo's Favorite Tacos Are Moose Tacos Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:37 PM (#4610565)
I don't get this from the Padres POV at all. Why do they want Seth Smith? Seth has his uses but maybe more for the Yankees or Reds or someone with a glaring OF hole.
I was saying the same thing. They already have like 6 average-ish outfielders on the team; why add a 7th???
   11. zonk Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:39 PM (#4610568)
Even with the fences moved in, doesn't Petco still have a pretty big OF?
   12. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:40 PM (#4610569)
I was saying the same thing. They already have like 6 average-ish outfielders on the team; why add a 7th???

The offseason is still young. Hell, the A's have more relievers than they can use now, too, so Gregerson wasn't really needed. Looks like both teams wanted assets in hand to make other deals.
   13. Bitter Mouse Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:44 PM (#4610575)
This could be a busy winter meetings.


Is it just me or has this already been a crazy busy offseason?
   14. Roger McDowell spit on me! Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:46 PM (#4610580)
Maybe there's something up with Cook that we don't know about...he was awful the last month of the season and in the playoffs. Although that seemed to be much more of a command issue than anything with his stuff.
   15. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:46 PM (#4610581)
Is it just me or has this already been a crazy busy offseason?

It has been. It's fun!
   16. Shooty Is Disappointed With His Midstream Urine Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:49 PM (#4610583)
Maybe there's something up with Cook that we don't know about...he was awful the last month of the season and in the playoffs. Although that seemed to be much more of a command issue than anything with his stuff.

It never hurts to have a strong and deep bullpen. It's possible now Cook is a trading chip with Gregerson slotting into his slot as the late inning righty specialist. Former ALL STAR Ryan Cook might bring back something shiny in trade.
   17. Ivan Grushenko of Hong Kong Posted: December 04, 2013 at 01:57 PM (#4610594)
I was saying the same thing.

Have a Coke and a smile!
   18. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: December 04, 2013 at 02:04 PM (#4610604)
Is it just me or has this already been a crazy busy offseason?


IIRC, last winter was dead and this July trade deadline seemed dead too. Lots of pent up trade energy.
   19. alilisd Posted: December 04, 2013 at 04:46 PM (#4610746)
I don't get this from the Padres POV at all.


The GM had publicly stated earlier this year they wanted to add a LH bat. Smith fulfills that. Of course there's also the possiblity Blanks and/or Guzman will be moved to address the perceived OF glut, though there really isn't one. Quentin is the LF, though he'll miss significant playing time in all likelihood, so having Smith to spell him is a good thing. Maybin will be in CF, as long as he's healthy, which he hasn't been lately. Venable and Denorfia provide a platoon in RF with both also able to spell Maybin, which seems to be a necessity given his history. Smith is the 4th OF.

Blanks is not a viable OF option, nor is Guzman, for anything more than a spot start here and there. Amarista saw way too much time there last season due to the injuries to Quentin and Maybin, but he really doesn't belong there either. None of those three really contribute to any crowding in the OF; they should see minimal to no playing time there with a healthy season by the five OF on the roster.

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