The Oakland Athletics have acquired relief pitcher Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres in exchange for outfielder Seth Smith, according to reports. They have acquired their second reliever in as many days, as they acquired Jim Johnson from the Orioles late yesterday evening.
Gregerson, 29, has a career 2.88 ERA in 363 games for the San Diego Padres. In 2013, Gregerson went 6-8 with a 2.71 ERA in 73 appearances. Over his career, only 21% of inherited runners score off Gregerson, making him a valuable reliever in tough situations. The righty is good against left-handed hitters, allowing a .242 BAA against them over his career. He's dominant against righties, however, allowing only a .191 BAA against them. He will add to this now stacked Athletics bullpen.
The Padres will be receiving outfielder Seth Smith. Smith, 31, has a career .265/.342/.456 slash line as an outfielder for the Rockies (2007-2011) and Athletics (2012-2013). In 2013, Smith hit .253/.329/.391 with 8 home runs and 40 RBI. This is something that you can expect on a yearly basis from Smith. He posted a .320 BABIP in 2013, which oddly is a little inflated, although he posted numbers lower than his career averages. It's possible that he could be on the downside of his career, or on the verge of breakout.