Seth Smith has watched his name dangle in trade limbo for most of the offseason, and at least one person believes the Colorado Rockies will eventually move their outfielder. Troy Renck of The Denver Post tweeted that it’s “very likely” that the Rockies deal Smith this winter. So far this offseason, the Braves, Athletics, Rays, Mariners and Mets have all shown interest in Smith.
After signing veteran Michael Cuddyer to a three-year deal earlier this month, the Rockies found themselves with more than enough outfielders. Dexter Fowler, Carlos Gonzalez and Smith were already on the roster as the Rockies entered the offseason, and Colorado acquired Tyler Colvin in the trade that sent Ian Stewart to the Cubs.
Beyond this, the Rockies are said to have interest in bringing in free agent outfielder Cody Ross. However, Buster Olney of ESPN reports that Colorado will likely only bring in Ross if they are able to trade Smith.
In exchange for Smith, the Rockies are either looking for a major league starting pitcher or second baseman. Colorado has already held trade talks with the Braves that have centered on Martin Prado. While he’s played all over in Atlanta, Prado would be able to fill in as the Rockies everyday second baseman.
Last season for the Rockies, Smith hit at a clip of .284/.347/.483 with 32 doubles and 15 home runs over his 533 plate appearances. Over his five-year career, Smith has posted a line of .275/.348/.833.
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