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A's claim former USC reliever Chad Smith off waivers
A's claim former USC reliever Chad Smith off waivers

Chad Smith will be one of three former USC pitchers in the Oakland Athletics' spring-training camp after being claimed off waivers from the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday. Smith joins reliever Ryan Cook and Barry Zito, who was signed to a one-year minor league deal and an invitation to spring training after not pitching in 2014. "I'm very thankful for the opportunities the Tigers provided me and looking forward to joining the A's," Smith said. "I have heard nothing but great things about the coaching staff and the organization as a whole. I'm truly excited to be going home to the West Coast." Smith made his major league debut last season in June and...

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