Smith was outrighted to Triple-A Nashville on Wednesday, MLB.com's Jane Lee reports. The A's are doing some offseason roster management, and will clear a spot on the 40-man roster by outrighting Smith to Triple-A. he was used as a starter at Triple-A and a reliever in the big leagues in 2016, and his success out of the big league bullpen (2.92 ERA, 29:13 K:BB in 24.2 innings) suggests he could fill a similar role at some point in 2017, if a need arises.
Smith's contract was purchased from Triple-A Nashville on Sunday. Smith, 35, has been a member of the Nashville rotation throughout the season, accruing a 3.93 ERA and 121 strikeouts over 130.2 innings. Though the Athletics placed Sonny Gray (forearm) on the DL in a corresponding move, it's not immediately clear if Smith will assume Gray's turn in the rotation, or simply work in long relief. Either way, Smith is unlikely to provide much of a fantasy impact, given his pedestrian minor-league numbers.
Seattle made some cuts on Thursday, trimming the roster down. Pitchers Manny Delcarmen, Charlie Haeger and Chris Smith were all reassigned to the minor league camp.
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