Originally written on Pirates Prospects  |  Last updated 10/21/14
On this date in 1993 the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent outfielder Lonnie Smith to a one year contract. Smith was 37 at the time of the deal, a veteran of 15 major league seasons who had hit .247 with 6 homers and 33 RBI’s in 84 games for the Braves in 1992. He had stolen as many as 68 bases in a season, four times topping 40 but since stealing 25 bases in 1986, he had topped 10 steals just once in the last six seasons. He hit over .300 six times in his career with the last time coming in 1990 when he hit .305 for the Braves. With the Pirates Smith played left field and was used often as a pinch hitter as well. In 94 games he hit .286 with 6 homers, 24 RBI’s and 43 walks. In early September he was traded to the Orioles for two players to be named later, both ended up being career minor leaguers. Smith hit .288 career with 370 steals and 909 runs scored in 1613 games. Smith hit .278 in 63 career playoff games Also on this date, in 1996, the Pirates signed free agent catcher Lan...
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