On january 4 1993, the Pittsburgh Pirates signed free agent outfielder Lonnie Smith to a one-year contract. Smith was 37 at the time of the deal, a veteran of 15 big league seasons, who had hit .247 with six homers and 33 RBIs in 84 games for the Braves in 1992. He had stolen as many as 68 bases in a season, four times topping 40. However, since stealing 25 bases in 1986, he topped ten steals just once in the next six seasons. He hit over .300 six times in his career, with the last time coming in 1990 when he hit .305 for the Braves. With the Pirates, Smith played left field and was used often as a pinch-hitter. In 94 games he hit .286 with six homers, 24 RBIs and 43 walks. In early September he was traded to the Orioles for two players to be named later. Both ended up being career minor leaguers. Smith hit .288 career with 370 steals and 909 runs scored in 1,613 games..

 


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