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Elephant Rumblings: Chad Smith, Conner Capel sign with NL teams

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Happy Wednesday, Athletics Nation!

The A’s and Mets continue to experience significant player migration between their organizations. Earlier this month, the A’s signed former Mets reliever Trevor Gott to a one-year, $1.5 million deal. Yesterday, the Mets got a former Athletics reliever, signing Chad Smith to a minor league deal. Anthony Franco at MLB Trade Rumors noted that Smith will be a non-roster invitee at the Mets’ Spring Training camp in 2024.

Smith has induced grounders at an impressive 55.2% rate in just over 30 MLB innings since 2022, but he’s also walked batters over 15% of the time, contributing to a 7.11 ERA in his limited Big League play. The A’s outrighted Smith after the 2023 season, but apparently, the Mets see enough positive potential to give the 28-year-old righty a shot in their system.

Nick Deeds at MLB Trade Rumors reported on the Reds’ new minor league deal with former A’s outfielder Conner Capel. The 26-year-old made a splash upon his arrival in Oakland late in the 2022 season. Claimed off waivers from the Cardinals, Capel slashed .371/.425/.600 in his final 13 games last year, earning him a spot on the A’s 2023 Opening Day roster.

Unfortunately, Capel failed to earn his keep through the long haul of the 2023 season despite a respectable 109 wRC+ in 86 plate appearances with the A’s. His performance at the Triple-A level was mediocre, the A’s outrighted Capel in August, and he subsequently became a minor league free agent. He will now embark on a difficult path back to the Big Leagues in Cincinnati’s crowded system.

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HBD Hogan Harris!

I for sure would love for the A’s to operate more like the Dodgers.