Originally posted on All Things Rockies  |  Last updated 1/16/12
Seth Smith has spent the winter in wonderland, mentioned repeatedly in trade rumors as the Rockies made a play for Braves’ infielder Martin Prado and starting pitchers. Talks have cooled, but Smith remains a potential chip in a deal. There’s no timetable, and the Rockies have told teams they aren’t going to move him without getting specific pieces in return. Smith avoided arbitration Sunday night, signing a one-year, $2.415-million deal. Smith, 29, was first-time arb eligible. He remains under the Rockies’ control through 2014, barring a trade. Smith ended last season as a starter, but lost his spot over the winter when the Rockies signed free agent Michael Cuddyer to a three-year, $31.5-million contract. Smith hit .284 with 15 home runs and 59 RBIs, but didn’t play much against left-handers and was moved from right field back to left field because of his defensive struggles after the all-star break. That said, he remains one of the game’s best pinch-hitters, has power and owns a c...
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