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.
Bill Whitehead of the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports that the Braves have signed reliever David Hernandez to a minor league contract on Sunday. He’ll report to spring training as a non-roster invitee.
Hernandez, who turns 32 years old in May, signed a minor league contract with the Giants in February. He requested and was granted his release on Friday when he learned he wasn’t making the team’s 25-man roster to open the season.
Hernandez pitched for the Phillies last year. He compiled a 3.84 ERA with an 80/32 K/BB ratio in 72 2/3 innings.
Scott Kazmir won’t begin the regular season in the Dodgers’ starting rotation. Manager Dave Roberts said after Kazmir’s Cactus League outing on Sunday that it “doesn’t make sense” for the ailing Kazmir to break camp in the rotation, Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times reports. The lefty will instead rehab some more and join the rotation at a later time.
Kazmir has been battling a hip issue which has caused his mechanics to suffer. He was clocked in the low 80’s 10 days ago and wasn’t much better on Sunday afternoon.
Last season with the Dodgers, Kazmir posted a 4.56 ERA with a 134/52 K/BB ratio in 136 1/3 innings, his worst numbers since returning to the majors in 2013.