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Justin Smoak | First Baseman

Team: Seattle Mariners
Age / DOB:  (27) / 12/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 230
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
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Justin Smoak went hitless in a third straight game Saturday, finishing 0-for-4 with three strikeouts against the A's.
Maybe no MVP season after all? Since going 6-for-13 with two homers and seven RBI in three games against the Angels to start the year, Smoak is 3-for-25 with two RBI in seven games. He's also stuck out at least one in every game he's played. Apr 13 - 12:49 AM

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Justin Smoak continued his torrid opening series on Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with a homer in an 8-2 victory over the Angels.

Smoak collected two hits apiece in each blowout victory (10-3, 8-3, and 8-2) of the three-game sweep, tallying a double, a pair of homers and seven RBI. This is the part where we usually remind you about things like the fact that Smoak is a notoriously streaky hitter, and a perennial disappointment, and urge you to remember that we're only three games in. But we're not going to be that guy tonight. Even if everything goes south from here on out, 2014 Justin Smoak owners will always have memories of the .462/.500/1.077 opening-series carnage he meted out to the Halos. Enjoy it while it lasts.
Apr 3 - 1:09 AM

Justin Smoak collected his second consecutive three-RBI game in Tuesday's 8-3 victory over the Angels.

Smoak went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer on Monday, and followed that performance by going 2-for-4 with a double on Tuesday (he was also caught stealing this evening). The 27-year-old has disappointed fantasy (and real) owners for so long that he tumbled down boards in spring drafts. Owners that finally ended his slide have to be pleased with the early returns, but we've got 160 of these jokers to go.
Apr 2 - 1:30 AM

Justin Smoak went 2-for-4 with a three-run homer in Monday's win over the Angels.

Hitting behind Robinson Cano, Smoak also scored three times and drew a walk. His three-run homer in the ninth inning put the game out of reach. The 27-year-old has struggled to hit for average in the majors, but he'd be pretty useful for fantasy owners if he can take the next step from a power perspective.
Apr 1 - 9:01 AM

Justin Smoak went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run against the Rangers on Wednesday.

Smoak went yard off of Daniel McCutchen in the sixth inning, his third of the spring. The first baseman has been swinging the bat well in the Cactus League, currently carrying a .311 average. Nine of his 19 hits have gone for extra bases. Last season, Smoak posted career-highs in average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage and the Mariners hope the 27-year-old former top prospect can continue making progress.
Mar 26 - 5:13 PM

Justin Smoak went 2-for-3 with a home run against the Rockies on Saturday.

Smoak also added a single on the day. The switch-hitting first baseman is hitting .275 with two home runs and seven RBI during exhibition play. Smoak has already gotten a vote of confidence from his manager, so expect to see the 27-year-old take his position at first base on Opening Day.
Mar 22 - 7:56 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday that Justin Smoak is the team's starting first baseman.

McClendon held court in his office Monday with the media and counted off a short list of roster certainties, all of which were expected except, perhaps, for the last item. "The No. 3 hitter, Cano," McClendon said. "The No. 1 starter, Felix. Our third baseman is Seager. My catcher is Zunino, and my first baseman is Smoak." Winter acquisitions Corey Hart and Logan Morrison were expected to compete with Smoak for playing time this spring. McClendon acknowledged that "other guys [will] play first," but apparently Smoak didn't experience the resistance that most had anticipated.
Mar 11 - 9:15 AM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon clarified Sunday that Justin Smoak will be the team's primary first baseman as long as he performs.

That means that Corey Hart and Logan Morrison will occupy a corner outfield spot and the designated hitter slot in the M's lineup. The 27-year-old has always had prodigious power, but needs to improve upon his .238/.334/.412 slash line from a season ago if he wants to hold onto that job all season.
Feb 23 - 5:19 PM

Mariners and 1B Justin Smoak avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.6375 million contract.

The deal includes a $3.65 million option for 2015 that vests if Smoak reaches 525 plate appearances this year. The first baseman had filed for $3.25 million in arbitration, with the Mariners countering at $2.025 million. In the end, the two sides met right in the middle. Smoak belted a career-high 20 home runs last season, but he hit just .238/.334/.412 overall.
Feb 15 - 5:43 PM

Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports the Mariners and Justin Smoak have avoided arbitration.

Financial terms weren't immediately available, and the Seattle Times' Ryan Divish reports the deal includes a vesting option in 2015. Smoak had asked for $3.25 million and was offered $2.025 million by the Mariners when the sides exchanged figures. The 27-year-old will enter this season with a hold on the Mariners' first base job, but his struggles at the plate make him a poor option for fantasy.
Feb 15 - 4:56 PM

Justin Smoak requested $3.25 million and was offered $2.025 million from the Mariners when arbitration figures were exchanged on Friday.

The once highly-touted prospect hasn't quite lived up to the massive promise just yet, but he did slash a healthy .272/.372/.431 in the first half of the 2013 season before fading significantly down the stretch. He makes for a decent corner infield flier in the reserve rounds of mixed league drafts.
Jan 17 - 8:43 PM

The Astros inquired about Justin Smoak but the talks went nowhere, per the Houston Chronicle's Evan Drellich.

The first baseman was presumed to be available after the Mariners signed Corey Hart and acquired Logan Morrison from the Marlins, but the team isn't actively shopping the 27-year-old. Smoak hit .238/.334/.412 with 20 home runs last season, and M's general manager Jack Zduriencik has already come out and said the switch-hitter has a place on next year's team. It likely won't stop teams from calling, though.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 09:31:00 PM

Mariners general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wednesday that Justin Smoak is still the team's first baseman.

Many wondered where Smoak would fit in following the additions of free agent Corey Hart and Logan Morrison, but he's still in the plans. Jack Z believes that there will be enough at-bats to go around for Hart and Morrison through the outfield and DH spot.
Wed, Dec 11, 2013 05:52:00 PM

Justin Smoak blasted a three-run homer in Tuesday's 4-0 victory against the Royals.

Smoak's round-tripper off Bruce Chen in the fifth inning capped the game's scoring. The 6-foot-4 first baseman has hit two homers in his last three games and three in his last seven. Smoak is slashing .240/.334/.412 with 19 homers and 48 RBI in 127 games.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 01:05:00 AM

Justin Smoak launched his 18th home run of the season, powering the Mariners to a 3-2 victory over the Angels on Sunday.

The hulking first baseman finished the afternoon 1-for-4. His two-run blast off C.J. Wilson in the sixth inning put the Mariners on top 3-1 and proved to be the difference in the ballgame. He's now hitting .240/.333/.407 with 18 homers and 45 RBI on the year.
Sun, Sep 22, 2013 07:31:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Mike Zunino
2John Buck
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Robinson Cano
2Nick Franklin
SS1Brad Miller
3B1Kyle Seager
2Willie Bloomquist
LF1Dustin Ackley
2Stefen Romero
CF1Abraham Almonte
2Franklin Gutierrez
RF1Logan Morrison
2Michael Saunders
3James Jones
DH1Corey Hart
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Felix Hernandez
2Hisashi Iwakuma
3Erasmo Ramirez
4Taijuan Walker
5James Paxton
6Roenis Elias
7Chris Young
8Blake Beavan
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Fernando Rodney
2Danny Farquhar
3Yoervis Medina
4Charlie Furbush
5Tom Wilhelmsen
6Joe Beimel
7Dominic Leone