The Rockies recently avoided arbitration with Smith and agreed to a $2.4 million deal. The A's really don't seem to be all in for this year, considering they just traded their two best pitchers in Cahill and Gonzalez. Now that Smith is gone, this might make Walt Jocketty a bit nervous.
If Smith didn't come at a high price for the A's, the Reds wouldn't have needed to gut the farm system to get him. It was known that the Rockies were willing to move him with their recent signing of Michael Cuddyer. Jocketty probably looks at this trade and realizes he should have jumped sooner.
Smith is certainly better than any of the free agents LF's on the trade market. We'll see what Jocketty does, but he has hinted at deals recently. One thought was that if Fielder goes to the Rangers, the Reds might try to trade Cruz for Chapman. Unlikely, and probably hasn't been discussed, but ideas like that could be something Walt is thinking about.
He says that he is working on a few things and hopes to get both outfield and infield situations solved by this coming week.
This could be an interesting week for Reds fans, and I am confident Walt will do one last thing to make everyone happy. My bet is on Martin Prado, who can play left and back up the infield. Walt likes this, for less than $5 million, and he's only 28 years old. He has good all around numbers, and could even bat leadoff.