Originally written on Matthew Cerrone's Mets Blog  |  Last updated 1/16/12
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The A’s acquired OF Seth Smith from the Rockies for RHP Guillermo Moscoso and LHP Josh Outman, according to the team’s Twitter feed. Last month, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports said the Mets were among five teams to show interest in Smith. In 147 games for the Rockies last year, Smith, 29, hit .284 with a .347 on-base percentage, 15 HR and 59 RBI in 476 at-bats. He is eligible for arbitration and, according to MLB Trade Rumors, could earn around $2.6 million in 2012. Brian Erni: Like most lefties who hit for power, Smith has a pronounced loop in his swing. It’s what allows an easy swing path to the ball down and in, but it also leaves him susceptible to pitches on the outer half of the plate. This is probably why he’s hitting .209 against lefties during his career, as many left-handed batters tend to pull out their front side – particularly against a breaking ball from a left-handed pitching, making it difficult for him to hang in and serve the ball the other way. In addition, Smith hit ...
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