The deal seems to make sense; the Rockies are in need of a second baseman and pitching, and the Braves need a corner outfielder. The problem with the Braves attempting to acquire Smith – how is not quite as valuable to the Rockies now that they have signed Michael Cuddyer – may be that his stats have been inflated by Coors Field.
Smith has a .275 career average and even played in a solid 147 games last season. He also touts a respectable .348 on-base percentage and .487 slugging percentage.
And then a quick look at the splits unveils reality.
Smith's line at Coors Field for his career is .296/.366/.559, obviously above his total career numbers. His away splits are .257/.332/.418. It gets worse when he faces lefties (he hits left-handed). His career average against lefties is a dismal .202, so he is probably not the big bat the Braves are looking for.
He is also usually described as very average in the outfield, though he makes up for some of his lack of range with a strong arm.
Obviously, the Rockies would have to include prospects in the package for Frank Wren to bite on it, but he should think long and hard on whether he essentially wants an average outfielder in exchange for above average talent.Tags: Atlanta, Atlanta Braves, Colorado Rockies, Jair Jurrjens, Martin Prado, MLB, Seth Smith
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