Such an experiment is just talk right now within the organization, but the 30-year-old Smith, who reported to A's camp late Saturday afternoon, said he could get on board with the idea.
"It wouldn't surprise me," manager Bob Melvin said. "He's a good athlete, a guy that was a quarterback. He certainly competes well, and it wouldn't scare him."
At the moment, Brandon Moss is the A's primary first baseman, with Daric Barton also around hoping to prove he still belongs on a big league roster. Beyond that, Oakland has Jed Lowrie and Adam Rosales as options there, too. But in recent days, a couple of outfielders -- Michael Taylor and Shane Peterson -- have also been seen taking grounders at the position, in hopes of diversifying their resume because their playing options are limited in the outfield.
"We might have late work with just first basemen," Melvin joked.