Will Smith joins Brewers pitching rotation

Ben Bryan

Will Smith joins Brewers pitching rotation

CREATED Dec. 5, 2013

Will Smith, the newest Brewers LHP, joined 620WTMJ's Wisconsin's Afternoon News to talk the trade that sent him to Milwaukee in exchange for Norichika Aoki.

When asked about the trade, Smith says he was "surprised, but looking forward to starting a new chapter with the Brewers."

Smith says he would like to be a starter, but knows that "as long as you're in the big leagues helping a team win, who cares what you do?"

Smith mentions talking with his former skipper Ned Yost, who was once a manager for the Brewers, about the time he spent in Milwaukee.  Yost told him that the fans are great and that it's a great city to be in. Smith said he "can't wait to show up."

Smith says he's looking forward to playing with former teammate Johnny Hellweg.  They spent much of Thursday talking about the move to Milwaukee. Both were drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2008 MLB Draft.

One of the changes Smith will face with his new team involves having to bat as a pitcher. With Kansas City being in the American League pitchers don't regularly take batting practice, and that's one thing Smith said he can't wait to do.

Smith is "excited about the direction [the] organization is moving" and "can't wait to get out there and win some games."