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The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed left-handed pitcher Caleb Smith to a minor-league deal with an invite to MLB spring training.
Smith has made 147 appearances including 64 starts at the big-league level since entering the league in 2017 but has struggled with consistency. The 31-year-old owns a career 4.55 ERA and 13.6% K-BB% across 447 innings but is coming off a strong 2022 season in which he posted a 4.11 ERA across 70 innings with the D-backs. He should get a good opportunity to contribute for the Pirates, likely out of the bullpen in 2023.
Caleb Smith took the loss on Sunday against the Padres, allowing five runs (four earned) on two hits to go along with two strikeouts and three walks.
After a quick 1-2-3 first inning, an error by Ketel Marte at second base to open the second frame led to a downhill turn of events as Smith then walked back-to-back hitters which was then followed by back-to-back home runs. One more walk later and Smith was removed from the game.
LHP Caleb Smith earned the win on Thursday when he allowed one unearned run on four hits with one walk and five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings in the D-Backs' 12-3 win over the Padres.
Smith had a rough July and August working as a starter so he was moved back into the bullpen and worked as the bulk reliever on Thursday. Matt Peacock worked as the opener, lasting 1 1/3 innings before Smith took over. He only allowed one unearned run and punched out five over his 5 1/3 inning of work. He was able to secure the win as well thanks to all the run support he received. The 30-year-old southpaw now owns a 5.17 ERA, 1.44 WHIP, and 106:54 K/BB ratio over 92 1/3 innings (32 appearances, 13 starts). It's unclear if he'll make a start in his next appearance or work out of the pen.
LHP Caleb Smith took a no-decision on Friday when he allowed five earned runs on three hits with six walks and two strikeouts over 1 1/3 innings in the D-Backs 8-5 win over the Padres.
This was a start to forget for Smith. He walked a season-high six batters and allowed five runs in just over an inning of work. He's been trending in the wrong direction for quite some time and now owns a 5.48 ERA and 1.47 WHIP over 87 innings this year. He'll square off against these same Padres in his next start but needs to be avoided at all costs in fantasy.
LHP Caleb Smith took the loss on Sunday when he allowed five earned runs on three hits with five walks and three strikeouts over 1 2/3 innings in a 13-0 loss to the Dodgers.
This was a forgettable day for Smith and the D-Backs as they were blanked by Los Angeles. He issued a whopping five walks over his one-plus innings pitched and allowed all five runs in the second frame. The poor outing raised Smith's ERA to 5.04 with a 1.39 WHIP and a 99:47 K/BB ratio over 85 2/3 innings (30 appearances, 12 starts). He'll get the Padres on the road in his next start and should be avoided for fantasy purposes.