Seth Smith for Brandon Maurer deal is done, source says.
— Jerry Crasnick (@jcrasnick) December 30, 2014
The 32-year old Smith, signed a two-year extension with the Padres last year and was one of their most productive players. In 136 games, Smith hit.266/.367/.440 with 12 homers and 48 RBI. With Smith’s success against right-handed pitching, he will likely serve as the platoon partner of Justin Ruggiano in right field.
The Padres, who have been said to be looking for bullpen help this season, have gained an interesting piece in Brandon Maurer.
Throughout Maurer’s young career, he has struggled as a starting pitcher but found success recently as a reliever in 2014. Maurer finished the year with a 1-4 record and a 4.65 ERA. With the ability to hit triple digits on the radar gun and throw multiple off-speed pitches well, Maurer has the potential to become an elite reliever over the next few years for San Diego.