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Joe Smith | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (33) / 3/22/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 205
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
College: Wright State
Drafted: 2006 / Rd. 3 (0) / NYM
Contract: view contract details

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Blue Jays placed RHP Joe Smith on the 10-day disabled list, retroactive to June 15, with right shoulder inflammation.
Smith gave up three runs in his last appearance last Wednesday, so it's an injury that probably bothered him then and didn't subside as hoped. The injury isn't considered serious, so it should be a relatively short absence. Ryan Tepera will move into a setup role now with Smith out. Jun 19 - 5:39 PM

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Blue Jays signed RHP Joe Smith to a one-year $3 million contract.

Smith can earn an additional $500,000 in performance bonuses. The Blue Jays will be his fifth major league team. He split last season between the Angels and Cubs, producing a 3.46 ERA in 52 innings. He spent time on the disabled list with a hamstring injury that caused him to be left off the Cubs' playoff roster. For his career he has an excellent 2.93 ERA in 570 2/3 innings -- all in relief. He will pitch in the back-end of the Blue Jays' bullpen.
Feb 9 - 9:37 PM

ESPN's Buster Olney reports that Joe Smith will make a $3 million base salary in his new one-year deal with the Blue Jays.

The deal includes $500,000 in performance bonuses. Smith, 32, is coming off a 3.46 ERA and 40/18 K/BB ratio over 52 innings between the Angels and Cubs last season. He had some uncharacteristic issues with the home run ball in 2016, but he's capable of being a competent bridge to closer Roberto Osuna.
Feb 7 - 9:15 AM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Blue Jays and reliever Joe Smith have agreed to a one-year deal.

Terms aren't yet available. Smith is the second veteran reliever to sign with the Blue Jays in recent days, joining lefty J.P. Howell. The 32-year-old side-armer gave up a career-high eight homers in 52 innings last season while putting up a 3.46 ERA in 54 appearances. While the Cubs acquired him from the Angels at the trade deadline, he was left off the team's postseason roster. Still, his ground ball rate was right around 50 percent and he's a decent candidate for a return to form.
Feb 5 - 1:14 AM

Cubs activated RHP Joe Smith from the 15-day disabled list.

Smith missed the last couple weeks of action with a hamstring strain. He's struggled since joining the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over 3 2/3 innings.
Thu, Sep 1, 2016 04:29:00 PM

Joe Smith (hamstring) will begin a minor league rehab assignment with Triple-A Iowa on Saturday.

The veteran right-hander has struggled in his limited time with the Cubs, allowing three runs on six hits and four walks over his 3 2/3 innings. He has been on the shelf since August 17 due to a strained hamstring.
Sat, Aug 27, 2016 12:10:00 AM

Cubs placed RHP Joe Smith on the 15-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain.

Smith has been a bust so far with the Cubs, yielding three earned runs on four walks and six hits over just 3 2/3 innings of work. He has a 4.14 ERA in 41 1/3 total innings this year. The veteran setup man will likely go on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment before returning to the Chicago bullpen.
Wed, Aug 17, 2016 03:33:00 PM

Joe Smith yielded one run on three hits in his Cubs debut Wednesday against the Marlins.

Christian Yelich tagged him for a one-out solo shot in the top of the eighth, and Marcell Ozuna and Miguel Rojas both smacked two-out singles. Smith was not having a great season in Anaheim before Monday's trade -- 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings -- and his Cubs tenure is off to an iffy beginning. He might not get another high-leverage appearance for a bit.
Wed, Aug 3, 2016 05:57:00 PM

Cubs acquired RHP Joe Smith from the Angels for RHP Jesus Castillo.

The deal got done minutes before Monday's 4:00 p.m. ET deadline. Smith owns a pedestrian 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season, but he's been better lately and gives the Cubs' bullpen a different look as a sidearming right-hander. Smith, 32, produced a 2.51 ERA in 337 innings between 2011-2015.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 05:47:00 PM

Joe Smith has been traded to the Cubs, according to Buster Olney of ESPN.

Smith has registered a weak 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season out of the Anaheim bullpen, but he was a steady setup man for many years and the Cubs obviously feel they can get him turned around. The return is unknown.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 03:55:00 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, the Cubs are discussing a trade for Angels reliever Joe Smith.

Rosenthal adds, however, that the Cubs are considering a "number of other possibilities." Smith, a 32-year-old impending free agent, owns an underwhelming 3.82 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and 25/13 K/BB ratio in 37 2/3 innings this season out of the Anaheim bullpen.
Mon, Aug 1, 2016 01:25:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, Joe Smith is drawing interest from the Cardinals, Indians, Mariners and Mets.

Cam Bedrosian's emergence as the primary setup man for Huston Street has made Smith somewhat expendable. With the Angels unlikely to make the postseason this year or anytime soon, dealing Smith for a prospect would be a good way to begin the rebuilding process. The 32-year-old hasn't been anything special this year (4.08 ERA in 36 appearances) but he has a proven track record and could be an asset for a contending team looking for bullpen depth.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 09:25:00 PM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Cardinals are "said to have looked at Joe Smith."

St. Louis is on a wide-reaching search for relief help with Trevor Rosenthal falling apart this summer. Smith isn't the most exciting name on the market and he owns an underwhelming 4.08 ERA, 1.36 WHIP, and 24/13 K/BB ratio in 35 1/3 innings this season. The 32-year-old impending free agent right-hander should come rather cheap.
Thu, Jul 28, 2016 09:24:00 AM

Joe Smith was unavailable Monday because his back tightened up.

Some speculated about a trade when Smith didn't pitch in the seventh inning Monday, but he's not going anywhere yet. Fortunately, the back issue appears to be minor and he should be good to go Tuesday.
Mon, Jul 25, 2016 11:43:00 PM

Mike Puma of the New York Post reports that the Mets are "monitoring" Joe Smith, Chris Withrow and Jeremy Jeffress.

The Mets have been connected to Jeffress previously, but Smith's and Withrow's names are new as the club seeks relief help. Smith, who began his career with the Mets, has had a down season with a 4.36 ERA and 24/13 K/BB ratio over 33 innings, but that might mean the Mets can get him at a discount.
Fri, Jul 22, 2016 12:40:00 PM

Depth Charts

C1Russell Martin
2Luke Maile
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
2Ryan Goins
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Chris Coghlan
LF1Steve Pearce
2Ezequiel Carrera
3Dwight Smith Jr.
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Dalton Pompey
3Anthony Alford
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Kendrys Morales
Starting Pitcher
S1Marco Estrada
2Aaron Sanchez
3Marcus Stroman
4J.A. Happ
5Francisco Liriano
6Joe Biagini
Relief Pitcher
R1Roberto Osuna
2Jason Grilli
3Joe Smith
4J.P. Howell
5Aaron Loup
6Ryan Tepera
7Danny Barnes
8Jeff Beliveau
9Bo Schultz
10Glenn Sparkman
11Leonel Campos