Padres teeming with outfielders
I’m back after some staycation days off and a week where the Reds made no rumblings on the transaction wire. I will have a Reds.com/MLB.com story that updates where things kind of stand in left field later today.
One team that rumbled enough to shake up the industry lately has been the Padres. In short order, new GM A.J. Preller has remade the roster. That including trading for three new outfielders — Justin Upton, Matt Kemp and Wil Myers. According to my pal Corey Brock in San Diego, that leaves the Padres with seven veteran outfielders
The glut includes Carlos Quentin (who will make $8 million), Cameron Maybin ($7 million), Seth Smith ($6 million) and Will Venable ($4.25 million). It would seem that someone, or multiple someones, would have to be moved before Spring Training.
Out of this group, I think the Reds should take a good long look at Seth Smith.
Smith, 32, batted .266/.367/.440 with 12 home runs and 48 RBIs in 136 games last season, with a 3.9 WAR. Lifetime for three clubs, he is is a .265 hitter with a .347 OBP.
In July, the lefty-hitting Smith signed a two-year extension worth $13 million, with a club option for 2017. He will make $6 million in ’15 and $6.75 million in ’16. The club holds a $7 million option for ’17, with a $250,000 buyout. That certainly wouldn’t put too much pressure on the payroll.
It’s something I will be keeping an eye on as winter continues. I have no doubt you all shall be doing likewise.