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A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

Posted on: January 16, 2012 1:46 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 5:25 pm

By Matt Snyder

Billy Beane's Oakland A's continued their extreme offseason makeover Monday with yet another trade. This time Beane shipped pitchers Josh Outman and Guillermo Moscoso to the Rockies for outfielder Seth Smith -- who has been involved in trade rumors throughout the offseason.

Smith, 29, has served mostly as a fourth outfielder type for the Rockies since 2008, but he got a career high 533 plate appearances last season. He hit .284/.347/.483 with 15 homers, 32 doubles and 10 stolen bases. He hasn't played center field since 2008, so he's best used as a corner outfielder. He'll likely be the starter in left field with Coco Crisp in center and Josh Reddick in right. Of course, prospect Michael Taylor is going to figure in the mix at some point.

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One item of note: Smith's career splits indicate he was hugely helped by Coors Field. He's hit .296/.366/.559 at home and .257/.332/.418 on the road. And Oakland plays in one of the worst hitters' parks in the majors.

Moscoso, 28, was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA, 1.09 WHIP and 74 strikeouts in 128 innings last season. Outman, 27, was 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA, 1.46 WHIP and 35 strikeouts in 58 1/3 innings. And, again, we'll note that these two pitchers are going from having a very pitcher-friendly home park to one of the most hitter-friendly yards in the bigs.

It will be interesting to see how the rotation battle shakes out for the Rockies. Jhoulys Chacin and Jason Hammel are surely in and it's a good bet Alex White and Drew Pomeranz get every chance to win jobs as well. Then they have Moscoso, Outman, Kevin Slowey, Esmil Rogers, Juan Nicasio, Clayton Mortensen and Tyler Chatwood seemingly competing for one spot. 

On the other side, the A's are still pretty stocked with young arms, but not near as many as before all these moves. The rotation appears to be: Brandon McCarthy, Bartolo Colon, Brad Peacock, Tom Milone and either Jarrod Parker or Tyson Ross. Brett Anderson and Dallas Braden are still each recovering from arm surgery. McCarthy is a free agent after the 2012 season, too, so it wouldn't be shocking to see him traded at some point before July 31 as well.

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Since: Mar 21, 2008
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:33 am

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

I saw Moscoso pitch a couple times last year and thought this guy has a shot to be very good. As he is still so young, this one must be explained before it makes any sense to me, and since I just lost him in my AL-only league that I play in, it really sucks. Seth Smith is just nothing special, he is Conor Jackson reincarnated.

Since: Jul 11, 2010
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:54 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

Another horrible trade by Beane. He is totally losing any cred he ever had. Pitching is golden and he trades a young P that posted a 1.09 WHIP for an older 4th OF that only mananged .280 and 15 hrs at Coors? What is that translate to in the Coliusium? .220 and -3HRs?

Since: Dec 13, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:39 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

Pretty sure Billy Beane called Jonah Hill and asked him about this one......

Since: Nov 2, 2006
Posted on: January 16, 2012 10:25 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

Seth Smith averages 16 HR's in CO with an average around .280. This is a terrible deal. Smith will not top 10 HR or .260 in Oakland. The other moves Beane has made, I have liked based on the upside of the players received and that I think Gio, Bailey, and Cahill were all greatly overrated. Cahill Peaked 2 years ago, Gio, doesn't just lose against teams like the Yankees, he gets dominated by them. This to me says he cannot handle the pressure of big time games. He is not a threatening pitcher; he is soft. He also leads the AL in walks given. He might have an overall good ERA and record, but he won't perform well in playoff appearances. Bailey is also past his peak early in his career. There is nothing special about any of his pitches.

Since: Apr 19, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 9:32 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

Smith will play a little outfield, DH a little, hit a few homers and strike-out a 100 times. 

Since: Oct 20, 2008
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:33 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

What is the goal here, exactly?  To see how many Oakland fans will still show up, with the team fielding double-A squad quality players?

Since: Jan 1, 2012
Posted on: January 16, 2012 7:15 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

The A's now lead the American League in fourth outfielder types.

Since: Jul 29, 2011
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:41 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

As a lifelong baseball fan I'm shocked that Billy Beane has traded away so many young players this off season!  I did see MoneyBall, I am a RedSox fan, I know his owner is cheap but these are very young players - some that haven't had the opportunity to develop.  He traded two starters for a decent outfielder with upside.  He's traded four starters from last years rotation???  That's just crazy!  I know he has some young arms coming up in the system but who are the fans going to come see?  Coco Crisp?  Brandon McCarthy?  Bartolo Colon?  Please?  I hope it works out for him and I hope he someday gets to be a GM with a decent budget.  But Brad Pitt isn't walking throught that door to be in Money Ball II.

Since: May 20, 2007
Posted on: January 16, 2012 6:17 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

Oh ok. Trade all your good players to the NL West. Not pissed at the SF Giants are you? What a dirt bag. I hope you ixnay dollar wednesday too so I will have no reason to go to Oakland this year. As a NON A's fan, I am pissed. I can only imagine how A's fans feel. F Billy!

Since: Nov 1, 2009
Posted on: January 16, 2012 5:59 pm

A's trade Moscoso, Outman for Seth Smith

Maybe somebody came to Beane with the idea to make "MoneyBall 2" and he just trying to make it a better story if he can get this sorry collection of players to win!!!

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