Rockies Sign Seth Smith, Could Still Trade Him

by kelly on January 16, 2012

The Colorado Rockies avoided arbitration with outfielder Seth Smith by signing him to a one-year deal, the Rockies announced via Twitter.

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Steven Muma wrote for SB Nation Denver that the deal is worth $2.4 million.

Smith has been – and still remains – the subject of many trade rumors this offseason, as the team signed free agent Michael Cuddyer and still have Carlos Gonzalez and Dexter Fowler manning the outfield at Coors Field. The one-year, arbitration avoiding deal could make Smith more attractive to potential trade suitors, as the team that looks to acquire him won’t have to go to arbitration with the 29-year-old outfielder.

This winter, Smith has been linked to the Braves, Reds, Rays, Athletics, Mets, and Mariners. Smith hit .284 with 15 home runs and 59 RBI as an everyday player for the Rockies in 2011. The lefty hitter did most of his damage against right-handed pitching, however, so he might need to go to a team with a right-handed hitting platoon partner.

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