In 2011, Seth Smith took advantage of a career-high 533 plate appearances by posting an .830 OPS with 15 homers, 32 doubles, nine triples and 10 stolen bases for the Colorado Rockies. Yet, for some strange reason, he was traded to the Oakland A's following the season for pitchers Guillermo Moscoso and Josh Outman.
The A's, with a crowded outfield situation, were only able to give him a part-time role in 2012-13, and Smith contributed to the back-to-back division champs with a .738 OPS while averaging 11 homers, 25 doubles and 121 games.
Undervalued once again, the A's traded Smith to the San Diego Padres this past offseason for reliever Luke Gregerson. Headed for sporadic playing time again, possibly, in one of the least hitter-friendly ballparks in the game, no one would've predicted that the 31-year-old Smith would be headed for his best season as a big leaguer.
Injuries to Cameron Maybin and Carlos Quentin opened up an opportunity for regular playing time, but it didn't take Smith long to establish that he was easily the best hitter on the team.
While that doesn't say much, considering that the Padres offense is the worst in the majors by far, Smith has been one of the best hitters in the game with a .966 OPS, six home runs, 13 doubles, three triples and 24 walks in 46 games.
And, most surprisingly, he's treating Petco Park as if it was Coors Field. In 26 home games, Smith has a 1.139 OPS with four homers, nine doubles and three triples, which is a remarkable feat considering how hard it is, historically, to be even an average hitter there.