Rockies sign Seth Smith for $2.4 million to avoid arbitration

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Seth Smith is the latest arbitration eligible player to avoid tomorrow’s deadline, agreeing to a one-year deal with the Rockies that Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports is worth $2.4 million.

Trade rumors have swirled around Smith all offseason, particularly once the Rockies bumped him from the starting lineup by signing Michael Cuddyer as their new right fielder.

For a fourth outfielder $2.4 million would be expensive, so the Rockies may continue to shop Smith after getting him under contract for 2012.

His raw numbers are inflated by Coors Field and Smith has never really hit left-handed pitching, but he’s a career .292 hitter with an .881 OPS versus right-handers and would make for a nice (and fairly cheap) platoon starter on a lot of teams.

UPDATE: That was fast. Smith has been traded to the A’s for a pair of pitchers.

Video: Athletics tie home run record on the road

Franklin Barreto, Stephen Piscotty, Mark Canha
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The Athletics tied a league record on Saturday thanks to Stephen Piscotty, who launched a two-run, 396-foot home run off of the White Sox’ Dylan Covey to put the club on the board in the second inning. The homer may not have erased the five-run deficit the A’s were working against, but it extended their home run streak to 24 consecutive road games — tying the 1996 Orioles for the longest home run streak on the road in 22 years.

Following Piscotty’s blast, they eventually tied things up in the fifth inning with a sac fly from Dustin Fowler and a two-run double off the bat of Jed Lowrie. Daniel Mengden, meanwhile, was forced off the mound after just two innings; he expended 44 pitches and gave up five runs on four hits and two walks.

The Athletics are currently tied with the White Sox 5-5 in the fifth. They’ll attempt to get a leg up in the series finale — and earn the standalone league record for most consecutive road games with a home run — when right-hander Paul Blackburn and southpaw Carlos Rodon go head-to-head on Sunday at 2:10 PM ET.