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Seattle Mariners update: New Year’s resolutions

Here on New Year’s Eve, we have a few resolutions for the Seattle Mariners heading into the 2015 calender. 1. Find a high-quality outfielder to plug into the lineup  With news today that the Mariners are trading for Padres outfielder Seth Smith, the prospects for the right field position are still the same. They say that the definition of insanity is repeating the same mistake over...
December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

A Brief Note about Seth Smith

The Padres didn’t need Seth Smith, and traded him to the Mariners. The Mariners are getting themselves a nice little hitter, especially against right-handed pitching. Jeff will likely have more on Brandon Maurer, who was the Padres’ return for Smith, in the next couple of days, but until then I wanted to type up a […]
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December 31, 2014  |  Discuss

The (sort of) Puzzling Seth Smith Extension

The year is 2026. After a 10 year run of dominance in the National League West by the San Diego Padres, Jonah Keri has completed his fifth bestseller — Friar Fever: How Farhan Zaidi Took the Forgettable San Diego Padres from Cellar-Dwellers to the Top of the Baseball World. Consider this passage, from the first chapter: … Josh Byrnes was ousted after two-and-a-half years of mediocrity...
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July 03, 2014  |  Discuss

Mr. Smith Gets Extended

Seth Smith will be a Padre through the 2016 season, with a club option for 2017.  Mixed reactions to this extension are to be expected. On the one hand, he has been an average to above average player based on his 108 wRC+ over the entirety of his career. As Dave Cameron points out, the contract isn’t onerous and actually retains his services at a discount based on his performance...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres, Smith Agree to 2-year/$13MM Extension

For a team that’s poised and ready to sell off its roster (being 10-games under .500 at the time of this writing and just two weeks away from the All-Star break), a 2-year extension worth $13 million doesn’t really seem like the type of thing the Padres would be prepared to offer. Nonetheless, the Padres have reportedly agreed to a 2-year extension with outfielder Seth Smith worth...
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July 02, 2014  |  Discuss

San Diego Padres: Why Seth Smith has been their best player so far

Despite being ranked 30th in all but one offensive statistical category (ranked 29th in slugging percentage), the San Diego Padres are only three games below .500 at 21-24, and that is surprising. While there are no standout or star players as far as the rest of the league is concerned, Seth Smith has been undoubtedly the best player for the Friars so far this season. Smith, who...
May 21, 2014  |  Discuss

Seth Smith: The Final Piece Rises

Before this year, I had no idea how big Seth Smith was. I knew he was a perpetual 4th outfielder while playing for the A’s and Rockies, always getting plenty of playing time but never really making a name for himself. I knew he killed the Padres, but I always thought of him a Chris Denorfia type of player: right around 6 feet tall, right around 200 pounds, more slap-hitter than power...
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May 19, 2014  |  Discuss

Streaking And Seth Smith Cycles Subsequently (Nearly)

The Padres are on their first 3-game winning streak of the season! Within this streak, the Padres have put up their highest and second-highest (as well as their seventh-highest) run totals of the season. During said streak, Seth Smith has missed a cycle by one hit on consecutive days (needing a home run on Friday, a single on Saturday). I figured these were interesting, albeit meaningless...
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May 12, 2014  |  Discuss

Padres Sign Smith to $4.5MM for 2014, Avoid Arbitration

The Padres announced today that they have come to terms with outfielder Seth Smith for a one year contract through the 2014 season. Smith, who was acquired on December 3rd through a trade with the Oakland Athletics for reliever Luke Gregerson, was eligible for arbitration and with the announcement of the one-year deal the team has successfully avoided that process. CBS reporter Jon...
Via Friarhood
January 14, 2014  |  Discuss

Smith an Upgrade in the OF for Friars

It looks like the Padres have made their “big splash” this winter in acquiring OF Seth Smith from Oakland in exchange for RP Luke Gregerson. Smith, 31, would appear to address the team’s stated desire to add a LH bat. Reactions have been mostly, meh, or negative to the trade from the Friars perspective and while I’m not awestruck I do see it as an incremental improvement. First off...
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December 08, 2013  |  Discuss

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