By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
Justin Smoak has a new home, as he will no longer be calling the Pacific Northwest home. He will now come Toronto home.
Smoak was claimed off waivers by the Toronto Blue Jays this afternoon from the Seattle Mariners. He had a .202 batting average in 80 games last season.
The Blue Jays have to make a decision on how they want to pursue his contract. He has a $3.65 million option for next season. However, if they decline his option, he will be arbitration eligible and could garner more money from the team.
With Smoak on the team, the Blue Jays are now expected to deal Adam Lind this off-season.
His final hit with the Mariners came on September 17th when he went 1-for-3 in the game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. He went hitless in his final two games.
Smoak also played 56 games at Triple-A last season, where he had a .337 batting average with 7 home runs and 40 RBI’s. With the Mariners, he also had 7 home runs and 30 RBI’s in 80 games.
He was with the Mariners since 2010, where he played in 486 career games. He had a .227 career batting average with 67 home runs and 204 RBI’s in 1,712 at-bats.
This is his third franchise in his career. He was the 11th overall pick by the Texas Rangers in the 2008 MLB Draft. He made his Rangers debut in 2010 against the Detroit Tigers.
After a few months as a Rangers player, he was dealt to the Mariners for prospects Blake Beaven, Josh Lueke, and Matt Lawson for Cliff Lee and Mark Lowe.