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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Source: <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Padres&src=hash">#Padres</a> acquire OF Seth Smith from <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23Athletics&src=hash">#Athletics</a>.</p>— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) <a href="

">December 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Padres, A's Swap Luke Gregerson For Seth Smith <a href="http://t.co/XYfsg7QYzI">http://t.co/XYfsg7QYzI</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/search?q=%23mlb&src=hash">#mlb</a></p>— MLB Trade Rumors (@mlbtraderumors) <a href="

">December 3, 2013</a></blockquote>

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