Smith has cleared waivers and will be returned to the White Sox, Dennis Lin of the San Diego Union-Tribune reports. Smith had been a Rule 5 draft pick, but was not able to convince the Padres to hang on to him after eight appearances this spring. He'll return to the White Sox farm system, were a 2016 debut in Double-A Birmingham seems like one of the most likely scenarios.
Smith was selected by the Padres in the major league portion of the Rule 5 draft on Thursday, JJ Cooper of Baseball America reports. Smith will look to make an impact in the Padres' bullpen after spending the last season in the Dodgers and White Sox minor league systems. He managed a 2.89 ERA and 1.36 WHIP through three different minor league stops in 2015.
The Dodgers traded pitcher Blake Smith for White Sox pitcher Eric Surkamp on Friday, the clubs announced. Surkamp began the year on the 15-day disabled list before being optioned to Triple-A Charlotte by the White Sox. With the White Sox a year ago, he posted a 4.81 ERA in 35 appearances. According to SB Nation's True Blue LA, Surkamp will report to Triple-A Oklahoma City. With Charlotte, Surkamp posted a 2.81 ERA in 11 appearances.
The Dodgers are converting outfield prospect Blake Smith to pitcher, True Blue LA reports. The team transferred Smith from Double-A Chattanooga to Class A Rancho Cucamonga Friday to begin the transition. Smith has hit .233/.311/.375 with six home runs and 28 RBI in 240 at-bats with Chattanooga.