Colorado Rockies outfielder Seth Smith has watched his name float around the rumor mill this offseason. Now, Jon Paul Morosi of Fox Sports is reporting that the trade market for Smith is taking shape. Morosi hears that the Athletics, Rays, Mariners, Braves and Mets are all showing interest in acquiring Smith.
Over his five seasons with the Rockies, Smith has hit at a clip of .275/.348/.485. Last season the 29-year-old hit .284/.347/.483 with 32 doubles and 15 home runs over his 533 plate appearances for the Rockies.
Morosi notes that Smith is now considered expendable because the Rockies have signed free agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a three-year deal. Smith could earn close to $3 million next season, and isn’t set to become a free agent until 2015.
Morosi believes the Rockies would either request major league-ready starting pitching or a second baseman in any trade involving Smith. This lines up with recent reports involving the Rockies and Braves, where Colorado was reportedly seeking Atlanta’s Martin Prado in exchange for Smith.
Beyond the Braves, the Mariners, A’s, Mets and Rays have all expressed interest in Smith this offseason.
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