The Rockies have dealt 29-year old lefty swinging outfielder Seth Smith to the A’s for 28-year old righty starting pitcher Guillermo Moscoso and 27-year old lefty starter/reliever Josh Outman. Smith played in 147 games for the Rockies last year and he was 135 of 476 (.284 avg, .830 OPS) with 67 runs scored, 15 homers, 59 RBIs and 10 stolen bases. He played in 487 games in his five years with the Rockies and he was 354 of 1,285 (.275 avg, .833 OPS) with 200 runs scored, 51 homers, 181 RBIs and 17 stolen bases. The signing of Michael Cuddyer and the acquisition of Tyler Colvin pretty much made Smith expendable.
Guillermo Moscoso will move right into the Rockies’ rotation for 2012. He pitched in 23 games (21 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 8-10 with a 3.38 ERA and a 1.09 WHIP. Moscoso only gave up 102 hits in 128 innings for the A’s last year as he was missing a lot of bats last year. Moscoso has now pitched in 33 games (25 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 8-10 with a 3.47 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. Lefty Josh Outman will likely start his career in the bullpen for the Rockies. He pitched in 13 games (9 starts) for the A’s last year and he was 3-5 with a 3.70 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Outman has now pitched in 33 games (25 starts) in his first three years in the majors and he is 8-8 with a 3.75 ERA and a 1.36 WHIP.
I really like this deal for the Rockies as Seth Smith wasn’t going to play much for them if he stuck around. The Rockies got two pretty nice pitchers in return for Smith as Moscoso and Outman have nice upsides.