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Joe Smith | Relief Pitcher | #30

Team: Chicago Cubs
Age / DOB:  (32) / 3/22/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wright State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details
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Cubs placed RHP Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.
Smith has been a bust so far with the Cubs, yielding three earned runs on four walks and six hits over just 3 2/3 innings of work. He has a 4.14 ERA in 41 1/3 total innings this year. The veteran setup man will likely go on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Chicago bullpen. Aug 17 - 3:33 PM

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Joe Smith yielded one run on three hits in his Cubs debut Wednesday against the Marlins.

Christian Yelich tagged him for a one-out solo shot in the top of the eighth, and Marcell Ozuna and Miguel Rojas both smacked two-out singles. Smith was not having a great season in Anaheim before Monday's trade -- 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings -- and his Cubs tenure is off to an iffy beginning. He might not get another high-leverage appearance for a bit.
Aug 3 - 5:57 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Joe Smith from the Angels for RHP Jesus Castillo.

The deal got done minutes before Monday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Smith owns a pedestrian 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season, but he's been better lately and gives the Cubs' bullpen a different look as a sidearming right-hander. Smith, 32, produced a 2.51 ERA in 337 innings between 2011-2015.
Aug 1 - 5:47 PM

Joe Smith has been traded to the Cubs, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Smith has registered a weak 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season out of the Anaheim bullpen, but he was a steady setup man for many years and the Cubs obviously feel they can get him turned around. The return is unknown.
Aug 1 - 3:55 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are discussing a trade for Angels reliever Joe Smith.

Rosenthal adds, however, that the Cubs are considering a "number of other possibilities." Smith, a 32-year-old impending free agent, owns an underwhelming 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season out of the Anaheim bullpen.
Aug 1 - 1:25 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Joe Smith is drawing interest from the Cardinals, Indians, Mariners and Mets.

Cam Bedrosian's emergence as the primary setup man for Huston Street has made Smith somewhat expendable. With the Angels unlikely to make the postseason this year or anytime soon, dealing Smith for a prospect would be a good way to begin the rebuilding process. The 32-year-old hasn't been anything special this year (4.08 ERA in 36 appearances) but he has a proven track record and could be an asset for a contending team looking for bullpen depth.
Jul 28 - 9:25 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."

St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap.
Jul 28 - 9:24 AM

Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday.
Jul 25 - 11:43 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount.
Jul 22 - 12:40 PM

Angels activated RHP Joe Smith from the 15-day disabled list.

Smith missed nearly a month of action with a hamstring injury. He'll return to a setup role.
Jul 1 - 3:53 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) tossed a perfect inning Sunday in his first minor league rehab appearance with High-A Inland Empire.

Smith, out since June 4 with a lingering hamstring injury, struck out one batter and needed just eight pitches to get through the inning. He's slated to make another appearance on Wednesday before rejoining the Angels.
Jun 27 - 11:22 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a rehab assignment with High-A Inland Empire on Sunday.

Smith is close to returning from a strained hamstring he suffered in early June. If all goes well, Smith should be back in the Angels' pen sometime next week. He'll serve as the bridge to closer Huston Street.
Jun 25 - 8:01 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) could begin a rehab assignment as early as Sunday.

He's hoping to be activated for the start of the Angels' 10-game road trip that begins on July 1. Smith threw off a mound on Thursday for the second time since straining his left hamstring earlier this month. The right-hander will return to a setup role ahead of closer Huston Street.
Jun 23 - 11:03 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) is expected to throw a bullpen session in the next day or two.

Smith was placed on the disabled list earlier this month due to a nagging left hamstring injury, but he's finally feeling some improvement. There's no clear timetable for his return, but he could progress quickly if he feels good this week.
Jun 20 - 8:52 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) has yet to resume throwing off a mound.

He is making progress, though, according to Angels manager Mike Scioscia. "It’s calmed down a little bit," Scioscia said. "They have a better idea of what they are dealing with. We are hoping shortly he’ll turn the corner on this."
Jun 17 - 10:53 AM

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Batters
PosRoleName
C1Willson Contreras
2Miguel Montero
3David Ross
1B1Anthony Rizzo
2B1Ben Zobrist
SS1Addison Russell
3B1Kris Bryant
2Javier Baez
3Christian Villanueva
LF1Kyle Schwarber
2Jorge Soler
3Chris Coghlan
CF1Dexter Fowler
2Matt Szczur
RF1Jason Heyward
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Jake Arrieta
2Jon Lester
3John Lackey
4Jason Hammel
5Kyle Hendricks
6Aaron Brooks
7Dallas Beeler
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Aroldis Chapman
2Hector Rondon
3Pedro Strop
4Mike Montgomery
5Joe Smith
6Trevor Cahill
7Carl Edwards Jr.
8Travis Wood
9Justin Grimm
10Zac Rosscup
11Rob Zastryzny
12Felix Pena