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Justin Smoak | First Baseman | #14

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 12/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4" / 220
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
College: South Carolina
Drafted: 2008 / Rd. 1 (11) / TEX
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Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.
In an alignment that may start to happen more often, Edwin Encarnacion is getting the start at first base while Jose Bautista serves as the designated hitter and Melvin Upton gets the call in right field. Jul 30 - 12:32 PM

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Blue Jays signed 1B Justin Smoak to a two-year, $8.25 million extension through 2018.

The deal includes a $6 million option for 2019 or a $250,000 buyout. According to SB Nation's Chris Cotillo, that option can increase to $8 million through escalators based on plate appearances. The Jays still aren't close to reaching long-term deals with Jose Bautista or Edwin Encarnacion, but at least they got Smoak taken care of. The 29-year-old hasn't been anything special this year, hitting just .234 with nine homers over 214 at-bats.
Jul 16 - 12:18 PM

Justin Smoak blasted a solo home run in the sixth inning on Friday, accounting for the Blue Jays lone run in a loss to the Indians.

That's one total run in 19 innings of baseball. The Blue Jays were held to just 11 hits on the afternoon by Josh Tomlin, Trevor Bauer and a host of Indians relievers. Smoak finished the day 1-for-6 and is now batting .236/.333/.403 with eight homers and 21 RBI on the season.
Jul 1 - 7:43 PM

Justin Smoak (knee) struck out in all three of his at-bats in his return to the lineup Thursday.

Smoak hadn't started in over a week while battling a sore knee. He's hit a wall of late, batting just .125/.239/.325 over his last 18 games.
Jul 1 - 8:43 AM

Justin Smoak (knee) served as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning Tuesday against the Blue Jays.

Smoak has been held out of the starting lineup since last Wednesday due to knee soreness. He appeared as a pinch hitter on Monday and played defense on Tuesday, so it sounds like he's getting close.
Jun 29 - 8:36 AM

Justin Smoak (knee) fouled out as a pinch-hitter Monday against the Rockies.

Smoak has been held out of action since last Wednesday with left knee soreness. That he was able to pinch-hit indicates that he's close to returning to the lineup.
Jun 28 - 9:06 AM

Justin Smoak (knee) is not in Saturday's lineup versus the White Sox.

Smoak has been dealing with some swelling in his knee this week, so he'll get another day to rest. Edwin Encarnacion will start at first base while Josh Donaldson will slide into the DH spot. Ryan Goins will play third.

Justin Smoak socked a two-run homer versus the Orioles on Friday.

It was one of five home runs for the Jays on the night, as Michael Saunders hit three of them and Josh Donaldson also went deep. The Blue Jays have now scored 10-plus runs in five out of their last seven games, so their offense is finally clicking, though Jose Bautista (toe) will surely be missed. Smoak owns a respectable .256/.360/.424 batting line with seven homers through 64 games, though he has slowed down considerably since a hot start to the season.
Jun 17 - 10:17 PM

Justin Smoak knocked a solo homer in Tuesday's win over the Yankees.

Smoak's solo shot in the fourth inning knotted the game up, and the Blue Jays went ahead for good with a three-run seventh. The switch-hitter has given the Jays solid production from first base since Chris Colabello was suspended, batting .284 with five homers over 36 contests.
May 31 - 10:15 PM

Justin Smoak went 2-for-2 with two doubles, two walks, and a run scored against the Rangers on Friday.

Smoak continues to tear the cover off the ball in the wake of Chris Colabello's suspension. He’s batting .483 (14-for-29) with two home runs, three doubles, five RBI, and seven runs scored over 11 games this month. He has already drawn 16 walks this season after walking just 29 times in 328 plate appearances all of last season. It’s encouraging, but he’s still striking out a ton and sports a BABIP (batting average on balls in play) north of .450.
May 14 - 1:34 AM

Justin Smoak was the Blue Jays' offense Tuesday versus the Rangers, tying the game in the ninth with a homer and winning it with another homer in the 10th.

Not a bad time for your first two longballs of the season. Smoak took closer Shawn Tolleson deep to the opposite field with a solo shot to lead off the bottom of the ninth and then deposited a Phil Klein offering again over the left-field wall with a runner on in the 10th. They were the only three runs of the game for the Blue Jays. Smoak is sporting a nifty .267/.421/.422 batting line on the season and will continue to hold down first base with Chris Colabello suspended.
May 3 - 11:35 PM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays' lineup Sunday.

The Jays have Edwin Encarnacion at first base, Jose Bautista in the designated hitter spot and Ezequiel Carrera in right field. Smoak hit just .189/.375/.216 in April.
May 1 - 10:04 AM

Justin Smoak is starting at first base and batting sixth for the Blue Jays on Friday against the Red Sox.

Smoak has seven hits -- including three homers -- in 16 career at-bats against Red Sox starter Rick Porcello. The Jays also have Josh Thole catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, as usual.
Apr 15 - 3:41 PM

Justin Smoak is not in the Blue Jays starting lineup on Saturday.

This one is disappointing news for daily fantasy players who may have wanted to exploit Smoak's monster numbers against Rick Porcello (7-for-16, four homers). With Josh Donaldson still limited to the designated hitter role, there simply wasn't any room for the Smoak Monster.
Apr 9 - 10:51 AM

Justin Smoak is starting at first base and batting sixth Tuesday night against the Rays.

Chris Colabello got the start at first base Monday versus Rays left-hander Drew Smyly, but it'll be Smoak on Tuesday against right-hander Jake Odorizzi. Those two will likely share the position all season, with Edwin Encarnacion sometimes working into the mix. Colabello will also see some corner-outfield starts.
Apr 5 - 3:36 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Marcus Stroman
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Ryan Tepera
8Aaron Loup
9Gavin Floyd