What did a breakout season in which he posted a .807 OPS earn outfielder Seth Smith? A ticket out of San Diego. The Padres completely revamped their outfield, trading for Matt Kemp, Wil Myers, and Justin Upton in rapid-fire succession, relegating Smith — and Cameron Maybin and Will Venable — to the bench.
It was obvious that the Padres would have to trade some of their surplus outfield depth, and Smith knew that. The 32-year-old told Bob Dutton of The News Tribune he was paying attention to everything the Padres were doing and “put two and two together”, so the trade with the Mariners was no surprise. The Padres received right-hander Brandon Maurer in exchange.
In Seattle, Smith will likely platoon with Justin Ruggiano in right field. Smith took 455 of 521 plate appearances against right-handed pitching with the Padres last season, which helps explain his productive year.