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