Updated: Seth Smith’s Contract Extended

Padres Executive Chairman Ron Fowler announced on Padres Social Hour this morning that the team has agreed to terms on a contract extension for outfielder Seth Smith

 

Extension is through the 2016 season with a club option for 2017.

Smith got the hits started for the Padres last night with a leadoff homerun and finished the night a triple away from the cycle.

The outfielder is currently hitting .281 with 9 homeruns and 25 RBI’s in 72 games for the Padres this year. He leads the team in homeruns, triples, doubles, RBIs and runs scored.

Smith is in his first season with San Diego and had been scheduled to become a free agent following the 2014 season.

UPDATE: Details on Smith’s contract extension have been reported by Corey Brock of MLB.com and he will receive $6M in 2015, $6.75M in 2016 and a club option at $7M in 2017 with $250,000 buyout  ($13 million guaranteed).

After today’s announcement, Smith met with the media and said, “I wouldn’t have stayed if I didn’t think we could win. My first question was, ‘are we going to try to win?’ The answer from ownership was yes.”

After he received that response he continued with, “I got the answers I wanted to hear, a commitment to winning. I wanted to stay from day one. A few weeks ago, they asked me if I’d be interested in an extension. It was done in about two days.”

A.J. Hinch followed Smith in talking to the media and said, “He could be a huge part of roster construction moving forward. He fits in so many scenarios. It all started with him being a good player”.

 

5 Comments

Yeah Seth, it has all to do about fielding a competitive team and not to do with being overpaid. If the Padres are going to invest this much money in an OF they need to tell Bud Black “let him hit against LH pitchers” The only way he’s going to get better at it, is to do it. If not, they’re paying that much for a guy who will sit 20% of the teams games and not finish another 20%, which is a waste of money. Get rid of Bud Black, but with the choices they’re making, the bottom of the NL west will continue to be our home for the next couple of years.

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I am so excited for Seth Smith and for us Padres fans. I agree that Seth and all the Padres players need to hit whether it is a LH pitcher or RH pitcher. It is the only way they are going to learn and we need to stop this different roster every night. If this doesn’t work for Bud Black–then tough get rid of Bud. He just does not seem to invigorate the players at all and he is like a bump on a log in the dugout. Get someone who is exciting and who can excite the team.

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