The Oakland A’s acquired right-handed pitcher Luke Gregerson from the San Diego Padres for outfielder Seth Smith on Tuesday.
Gregerson, 29, was 6-8 with four saves and a 2.71 ERA in 73 relief appearances with San Diego last year. He held the opposition to a .203 batting average, including .192 against right-handed hitters. He has appeared in at least 60 games for the Padres in each of the last five seasons, compiling a 2.88 ERA in 363 relief appearances.
Gregerson bolsters and already strong back end of the bullpen for Oakland, as he joins recently acquired Jim Johnson, Ryan Cook and Sean Doolittle.
[NEWS: A's acquire Johnson]
Smith, 31, was tendered a contract Monday and appeared to be in the A’s 2014 plans just a day ago. Obviously that changed after the addition of outfielder Craig Gentry, who can serve as a back-up at all three outfield spots.
In two seasons with the A's, Smith hit .246 with 22 home runs and 92 RBI in 242 games.
[NEWS: A's acquire Gentry from Rangers]
The A’s may not be done dealing in the near future. In light of adding left-handed pitcher Scott Kazmir, they’re known to be shopping starting pitcher Brett Anderson. The Toronto Blue Jays long have coveted Anderson, and multiple reports indicate the Cleveland Indians, Minnesota Twins and Seattle Mariners are interested in the lefty as well.
A source familiar with the Indians’ thinking said no deal is imminent with that club as of now.