By Peter Schmuck
4:17 PM EST, December 6, 2011
Dan Duquette has been pretty specific about what he is looking for in an extra/platoon outfielder. He said coming in that he wants to find a left-handed-hitting guy who can back up Adam Jones in center and possibly share time in left with Nolan Reimold. He hasn’t thrown out any names, but here’s a guy who fits that description and has been dangled in front of some teams.
The Colorado Rockies are willing to move 29-year-old Seth Smith, a versatile outfielder who hits from the left side of the plate. He played full time in Colorado last year, appearing in 147 games and batting .284 with 15 homers and 59 RBI. His career .348 on-base percentage is acceptable, and he can steal a base once in a while.
He has played mostly at the corner outfielder positions during parts of five major league seasons but has played a bit in center.
Don’t misunderstand. Nobody’s telling me that the Orioles are pursuing the guy, but a major league source indicated that the Rockies have made him available and he seems to fit Duquette’s description. The big question is how much the Orioles would be willing to give up for that type of player.
He’s their kind of guy, since he’s just into his first year of arbitration eligibility and would not be eligible for free agency until 2015.
Just a thought.
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