Smith was selected with the 26th overall pick in 2000 by the Indians, who had hoped he could develop into a power-hitting
everyday infielder. However, the 22-year-old had problems with his
fielding and struck out too often.
He batted .249 with 19 homers and 66 RBI in 128 games for
Double-A Akron, striking out 128 times in 454 at-bats. Smith, who
played in five games at Triple-A Buffalo in 2004, was designated
for assignment on Jan. 18 when the Indians signed infielder Alex Cora.
Gautreau was also a first-round pick, taken 14th overall by the Padres in 2001. The former Tulane star hit a combined .266 while in Double-A and Triple-A last season. In 48 games at Triple-A
Portland, the left-hander batted .274 with nine homers and 35 RBI.