Detroit Tigers trade for SS Kevin Smith: Toronto Blue Jays
Kevin Smith has seen some time in left field for the Jays down in Buffalo, their Triple-A affiliate to add to his versatility. At first glance, his numbers do not stand out until this season in which he has a wRC+ of 147 and has tapped into his power, which was a part of his profile according to our friends over at Jays Journal.
He is currently stuck behind a talented core of infielders in Toronto so there is no room for him to play. The Blue Jays need pitching and perhaps a bullpen arm or starter for Smith could be a temporary and a cheaper solution than if the Tigers decided not to spend money.
He has been known for his defense since his days at the University of Maryland but the power as I mentioned earlier, has picked up. Scouting reports indicated he has soft hands and good range with his arm.
His K rate is down and his on-base percentage is up so he is seeing the ball better. Is that a sign he is ready to come up? Perhaps, but the Tigers could look into what the Jays would want in exchange for Smith.