Shortly after avoiding arbitration with Seth Smith by signing him to a one-year, $2.4 million deal the Rockies have traded the outfielder to the A’s for pitchers Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso.
Smith had a very good year for the Rockies in 2011, but became expendable once they signed Michael Cuddyer to join Dexter Fowler and Carlos Gonzalez as starting outfielders.
Smith is a solid platoon starter versus right-handed pitching, but he’s struggled against lefties and hasn’t hit much away from Coors Field. During the past three seasons Smith has batted .302 with a .935 OPS at home, compared to just .248 with a .736 OPS on the road.
Oakland was short on experienced (or even sort-of-experienced) starters as is, so parting with Moscoso and Outman leaves them with a very thin rotation. Moscoso pitched well as a 27-year-old rookie for the A’s, tossing 128 innings with a 3.38 ERA and 74/38 K/BB ratio. Outman has struggled to stay healthy, but the 27-year-old southpaw has good raw stuff and a 3.75 ERA in 151 career innings.
Free agent right-hander Yovani Gallardo is headed back to the Brewers on a major league deal, The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reports. No other terms have been reported yet, as the agreement is still pending a physical.
Gallardo, 31, completed a one-year run with the Mariners before getting his $13 million option declined by the team last month. He provided little value during his time in Seattle, pitching to a 5-10 record in 22 starts and putting up a 5.72 ERA, 4.1 BB/9 and 6.5 SO/9 in 130 2/3 innings as both a starter and reliever.
Still, assuming the veteran righty is on the cusp of a comeback, he may as well try for it with his original club. Gallardo last appeared for the Brewers from 2007 to 2014, racking up a cumulative 20.8 fWAR and peaking during the 2010 season, when he earned his first All-Star nomination and Silver Slugger award. This will be his ninth career season with the club.
Even with Gallardo aboard, the Brewers are expected to continue deepening their pitching stores for 2018. With team ace Jimmy Nelson still recovering from shoulder surgery, the club will enter the season with a projected rotation of Gallardo, Zach Davies, Chase Anderson and Junior Guerra, the latter of whom pitched just 70 1/3 innings in 2017 following a right calf strain and shin contusion. Another big name pitcher could help cement Milwaukee’s rotation and keep them competitive for another year, though they don’t appear to have made any concrete moves in that direction so far.