The Los Angeles Angels have acquired RHP Chad Smith from the Oakland Athletics in exchange for cash considerations, according to a club announcement from the A’s organization. Smith was designated for assignment last week.
Smith, 25, enjoyed a fairly short stint with the A’s this season, appearing in only two games. He gave up five runs on five hits in 1.1 innings pitched. Smith was originally brought up by the A’s as an extra right-handed arm in the bullpen.
Smith was claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers this past winter. He owns an 8.31 career ERA, having struck out 11 hitters in 13.0 innings. Before coming up to the A’s, Smith appeared in 11.2 innings at Triple-A where he allowed just three runs, all earned, walking five hitters and striking out seven.
This trade provides the Angels with more depth and another young arm with plenty to prove going forward. According to Jeff Fletcher of the Orange County Register, Smith will be optioned to Triple-A Salt Lake where he will look to build up more innings before joining the Angels big league bullpen.