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Justin Smoak | First Baseman

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 12/5/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'4' / 220
Bats / Throws: Switch / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Justin Smoak hit a two-run home run to help the Blue Jays overcome the Orioles on Wednesday.
Smoak finished 1-for-4 on the evening. His fourth-inning round-tripper -- his first of the season -- off of Ubaldo Jimenez tied the game at 2-2 at the time. The first baseman has gotten starts when a right-handed pitcher is on the hill, explaining why he has only 30 plate appearances on the season. Apr 22 - 9:53 PM

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Justin Smoak hit his first two spring homers Friday as the Blue Jays beat the Rays 11-5.

Smoak had been 2-for-26 with no extra-base hits before breaking out today. The Jays are hoping he wins the first-base job, allowing them to use Edwin Encarnacion as a designated hitter, but he'll still need more than one strong game to lock it down.
Mar 20 - 5:33 PM

Justin Smoak went 0-for-3 on Monday and has opened the spring 0-for-13.

Smoak is on the 40-man, but with just a $1 million contract, it wouldn't be especially painful for the Blue Jays to cut him this spring. Of course, there's still a long ways to go before that kind of decision needs to be made. As is, he's still penciled in as a starter, at least against right-handers.
Mar 9 - 4:14 PM

Blue Jays re-signed 1B Justin Smoak to a one-year, $1 million contract.

The Jays non-tendered Smoak on Tuesday night to avoid paying him a larger amount of money via arbitration. The 27-year-old first baseman batted just .202/.275/.339 in 80 games this past season for the Mariners, but he was regarded as a top prospect not long ago. Maybe he'll finally figure it out in Toronto.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 04:57:00 PM

Blue Jays non-tendered 1B Justin Smoak.

The Blue Jays declined Smoak's 2015 option in early November, but it was thought they might try renegotiating. Instead, they opted to let him walk. It's been a long, strange trip for Smoak, who was a Top-15 prospect just four years ago. His bat hasn't lived up to those lofty standards and he hit just .202/.275/.339 with seven homers and 30 RBI over 80 games in 2014. Some team will be willing to take a chance on him, as he's still just 27.
Wed, Dec 3, 2014 09:18:00 AM

Blue Jays declined 1B Justin Smoak's $3.65 million option for 2015.

The Jays will pay Smoak a $150,000 buyout. The former top prospect hit a disappointing .202/.275/.339 with seven homers and 30 RBI in 80 games with the Mariners in 2014. He is still under team control and eligible for arbitration, so the Jays may look to bring him back at a lower salary.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:35:00 PM

Justin Smoak said Wednesday that he expects the Blue Jays to decline his $3.65 million option for 2015 and negotiate a new deal.

It's not a big surprise. Smoak was just claimed off waivers from the Mariners on Tuesday. While the Blue Jays can buy out his 2015 option for $150,000, he's still under team control for one more season through the arbitration process.
Wed, Oct 29, 2014 02:17:00 PM

Blue Jays claimed 1B Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners.

The writing was on the wall in Seattle after Smoak batted just .202/.275/.339 across 80 games this season. The 27-year-old has a $3.65 million option (with a $150,000 buyout) on his contract for next season, but he's still arbitration-eligible for one more year even if the Blue Jays decline it. The addition of Smoak increases the likelihood that the Blue Jays will deal Adam Lind (or decline his option) in the coming days.
Tue, Oct 28, 2014 02:33:00 PM

Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times reports the Mariners are likely to buy out the 2015 option for Justin Smoak.

Smoak has a $3.65 million club option for 2015, and it will cost the M's $150,000 to buy out that final year. Smoak, 27, never reached his full potential in Seattle, hitting .202/.275/.339 in 80 games this year. His pedigree may earn him another major league deal, but Smoak will be hard-pressed to find a starting gig on the free agent market this winter.
Wed, Oct 1, 2014 11:44:00 PM

Mariners recalled 1B Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

Smoak has put up huge numbers this season at the Triple-A level, but the 27-year-old first baseman has never been able to translate that success to the major leagues. He is doubtful to carry fantasy value this month.
Mon, Sep 1, 2014 01:36:00 PM

Mariners optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma.

The move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter Erasmo Ramirez. Smoak went 4-for-20 (.200) with one double and one RBI during his most recent stint with the big club.
Tue, Jul 22, 2014 08:27:00 AM

Mariners recalled 1B Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's sent Smoak to Triple-A earlier this month after he finished his rehab assignment, but they need him now with Michael Saunders (oblique) out. He should see the occasional start at first base and/or DH.
Fri, Jul 11, 2014 05:39:00 PM

Mariners activated 1B Justin Smoak from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma.

Logan Morrison has heated up at the plate to grab ahold of the first base job, leaving Smoak without a starting spot. Smoak had a big first week of the season for the M's but batted just .191/.267/.319 over his last 56 games before going on the disabled list. He's hit only .225/.310/.383 across parts of five big league seasons.
Fri, Jul 4, 2014 03:43:00 PM

Justin Smoak (quad) took a day off from his rehab assignment at Triple-A Tacoma Tuesday after feeling overall soreness.

He's expected to return to action Wednesday. The Mariners had been hoping Smoak was ready to be activated last week, but obviously he's needed more time. The first baseman is batting .220/.298/.366 with one homer over 47 plate appearances so far on his rehab assignment.
Wed, Jul 2, 2014 12:26:00 PM

Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said Monday that decisions regarding Justin Smoak (quad) and Corey Hart (hamstring) is likely a few days away.

Smoak, who landed on the DL with a strained quad earlier this month, is batting .216 (8-for-37) with one home run through 10 rehab games with Triple-A Tacoma. Meanwhile, Hart is hitting .241 (7-for-29) with three doubles and a triple over seven games in Triple-A as he makes his way back from a strained left hamstring. Logan Morrison has played really well of late, but his playing time could suffer once Smoak and Hart are cleared to return.
Mon, Jun 30, 2014 05:31:00 PM

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1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
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SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Chris Colabello
CF1Kevin Pillar
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
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S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Marco Estrada
6Marcus Stroman
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4Steve Delabar
5Liam Hendriks
6Ryan Tepera
7Todd Redmond
8Scott Copeland