Rockies ink outfielder Smith to one-year deal

Contract allows two parties to avoid going to salary arbitration
By Thomas Harding / | 01/15/12 10:45 PM EST

DENVER -- The Rockies and outfielder Seth Smith avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year contract, the Rockies announced Sunday night. Terms were not disclosed but a source with knowledge of the talks put the worth at approximately $2.4 million.
Smith, 29, hit .284 with 15 home runs, 32 doubles and nine triples for the Rockies last season. However, Smith's future with the club is uncertain, since the Rockies signed free-agent outfielder Michael Cuddyer to join left fielder Carlos Gonzalez and center fielder Dexter Fowler in the outfield.
In the last few months, Smith has been mentioned in trade rumors but no deal has been completed.

In 487 career Major League games, all with the Rockies, the left-handed hitting Smith has hit .275 with 51 home runs, 78 doubles, 19 triples and 181 RBIs.