Oakland A’s Trade for Luke Gregerson
The wheeling and dealing of the last two days continues in Oakland as the A’s ship off Seth Smith to the Padres in a straight-up trade for set-up man Luke Gregerson. The most surprising aspect of this deal is why the Padres think that Seth Smith is worth Luke Gregerson.
Gregerson has been an effective set-up man for the Friars the last three seasons, posting ERAs below 3.00 each season and recording a total of 65 holds and 13 saves. Like Jim Johnson, whom the A’s traded for yesterday, Gregerson is a right-handed strike-thrower who doesn’t give up a lot of home runs.
Meanwhile Seth Smith hit .253/.329/.391 as a platoon-playing DH and left fielder. His .721 OPS was the lowest of his career.
Both Smith and Gregerson have one season left before free agency. mlbtraderumors projects Gregerson to get $4.9 million in 2014 through arbitration, while it projects Smith to get $4.3 million. Smith is a year older.
With yesterday’s acquisition of Craig Gentry, Smith had become redundant in Oakland, so trading him for Gregerson seems to be another unqualified win for Oakland. It seems particularly fitting that Billy Beane was just named MLB’s Executive of the Year today.