Sep 11, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Oakland Athletics designated hitter Seth Smith (15) hits a double in the fourth inning against the Minnesota Twins at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Rumors: San Diego Padres, Seth Smith avoid arbitration

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The San Diego Padres avoided arbitration with outfielder Seth Smith on Tuesday, agreeing to a one-year deal worth $4.5 million dollars – this according to CBS’s Jon Heyman.

seth smith got $4.5M for 2014, avoiding arb. #padres

While it’s not exactly an absurd amount, it’s not cheap either – especially given the recent production of Smith which has been sub-par at best.

The Padres, in need of some outfield assistance acquired Smith in exchange for reliever Luke Gregerson in December – much to the irritation of many Friar faithful.

Smith, who spent 2013 with the Oakland Athletics is coming off a campaign in which he hit .253, hit eight home runs and drove in 40 RBI in 114 games.

The 31-year-old has had a few productive seasons offensively, though both came as a member of the Colorado Rockies where he spent half of his season hitting at the offensively friendly Coors Field.

Smith is expected to start in right field for the San Diego Padres this season and should enjoy the short porch of Petco Park given his left field power.

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