Both players have disappointed
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.
Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press
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