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Joe Smith | Relief Pitcher | #38

Team: Cleveland Indians
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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Joe Smith recorded his first save of the season on Friday, recording the final out in the first game of a doubleheader against the Tigers.
Smith was called upon to face Miguel Cabrera with the bases loaded and two outs in the ninth inning, with the Indians clinging to a one-run lead. He did his job on three pitches, getting Cabrera on a line out to the shortstop. Smith owns an excellent 3.11 ERA and 0.97 WHIP on the season. Sep 1 - 6:55 PM

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Indians acquired RHP Joe Smith from the Blue Jays for LHP Thomas Pannone and INF Samad Taylor.

Smith gives the Tribe another reliable bullpen weapon for the stretch run and postseason. The 32-year-old impending free agent had posted a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings this summer for the Blue Jays. He pitched for Cleveland from 2009-2013.
Jul 31 - 4:04 PM

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal reports that the Indians have acquired Joe Smith from the Blue Jays.

It's a homecoming of sorts for Smith, who worked out of the Indians bullpen from 2009-2013. The impending free agent right-hander had registered a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio over 35 2/3 innings this season for Toronto. Tim Brown of Yahoo Sports says the Blue Jays will get two lower-level minor leaguers in return.
Jul 31 - 3:13 PM

According to FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal, Blue Jays reliever Joe Smith is a target for the Indians.

Smith spent five seasons with the Indians from 2009-2013 and it sounds like a reunion could be in order. The veteran setup man holds a 3.28 ERA, 1.12 WHIP, and 51/10 K/BB ratio in 35 2/3 innings this season with Toronto. He is scheduled to become a free agent in November.
Jul 31 - 1:54 PM

Blue Jays activated RHP Joe Smith from the 10-day disabled list.

The veteran right-hander had been sidelined since June 15 due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder. He owns a 3.41 ERA, 1.14 WHIP and 47/8 K/BB ratio across 31 2/3 innings this season.
Jul 22 - 3:40 PM

Joe Smith (shoulder) will need one more minor league rehab appearance with Triple-A Buffalo before rejoining the Blue Jays.

Smith was expected to be activated from the disabled list on Wednesday, but he is not quite ready for action yet. The reliever will make one more minor league rehab appearance before joining the Blue Jays in Cleveland for this weekend's series against the Indians. Shoulder inflammation initially landed him on the disabled list on June 15.
Jul 19 - 5:10 PM

Joe Smith (shoulder) is expected to be activated from the disabled list Wednesday.

Smith worked a scoreless rehab inning Monday night with Triple-A Buffalo, striking out two of the three batters he faced. He also tossed a scoreless frame at Buffalo on Friday. The right-hander has been on the disabled list since June 15 due to shoulder inflammation.
Jul 18 - 4:50 PM

Joe Smith (shoulder) will make one more rehab appearance for Triple-A Buffalo before joining the Blue Jays in Boston.

The Jays will head to Boston for a four-game set on Monday. Smith looked healthy in his first rehab outing, tossing a scoreless inning on Friday night. Shoulder inflammation has kept the veteran setup man out for over a month.
Jul 15 - 5:49 PM

Joe Smith (shoulder) is beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo on Friday.

He could rejoin the Blue Jays' bullpen as soon as this weekend. Smith has missed the last month with right shoulder inflammation.
Jul 14 - 4:39 PM

Joe Smith (shoulder) threw a bullpen session Sunday.

He'll throw another one Wednesday before beginning a rehab assignment with Triple-A Buffalo if all goes well. It's unclear how many rehab appearances Smith will require before being activated, but he should rejoin the Blue Jays' rotation soon if he can avoid a setback.
Jul 9 - 11:39 AM

Joe Smith (shoulder) is not expected to return until after the All-Star break.

The hope was that Smith would be able to return over the weekend, but he'll take some extra time. The 33-year-old has been out since mid-June with right shoulder inflammation.
Jul 4 - 11:30 AM

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

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

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