Sun, 23 Feb 2014 19:42:16 -0800
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon said 1B Justin Smoak is the leading candidate to start at first base this season but will have to earn the job.
Mon, 17 Feb 2014 10:22:13 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak said first base is still his job to lose this year, but he'll be competing with 1Bs Logan Morrison and Corey Hart for the job. Smoak's $3.65 million option for the 2015 season will be guaranteed if he has 525 plate appearances this season. Manager Lloyd McClendon wants Smoak to focus on being a complete hitter this year, not a home run hitter. "He's going to play first base and DH a little bit," McClendon said. "One thing I know is the manager doesn't make out the lineup."
Sat, 15 Feb 2014 15:00:36 -0800
The Seattle Mariners avoided arbitration with 1B Justin Smoak by signing him to a one-year, $2,787,500 contract.
Fri, 07 Feb 2014 06:37:35 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are talking about trading 1B Justin Smoak, perhaps to the Pittsburgh Pirates, to make room to sign free-agent OF Nelson Cruz (Rangers).
Tue, 28 Jan 2014 13:24:46 -0800
Seattle Mariners OF Corey Hart (knees) has ramped up his activities to running the bases, and he's feeling much better about his surgically repaired knees. "I haven't gotten on the field yet to do fly balls, but I've been doing simulated ground balls to work on my footwork and agility. It's been progressing. I've been able to do everything. It's been nice."
The M's are hoping to put Hart in the outfield for a significant amount of time this year, and they're willing to wait to see if he can handle the workload. General manager Jack Zduriencik and manager Lloyd McClendon have talked of a three-man rotation between Hart and 1Bs Logan Morrison and Justin Smoak between first base and designated hitter. Hart isn't worried about regaining his timing at the plate, just how his knees will hold up.
Mon, 27 Jan 2014 23:18:53 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are comfortable going with a rotation of OF Corey Hart, 1B Justin Smoak and 1B Logan Morrison at first base and designated hitter. Hart may even drop out of the rotation as his knees get better and he sees more outfield duty.
Fri, 17 Jan 2014 17:29:59 -0800
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is asking for $3.25 million in arbitration, while the team is offering $2.025 million.
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 12:11:14 -0800
The Seattle Mariners are letting clubs know that C Jesus Montero and 1B Justin Smoak are available on the trade block.
Wed, 11 Dec 2013 20:29:33 -0800
The Seattle Mariners were approached by the Houston Astros about 1B Justin Smoak, but the talks reportedly did not go far.
Fantasy Tip: Smoak appears to be an odd-man our following the signing of Corey Hart and the acquisition of Logan Morrison. As of right now, Smoak is only worth a look in AL-only fantasy play until it becomes clear he has more of a role than an occasional starter and bench player.
Wed, 07 Aug 2013 23:07:04 -0700
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is on an eight-game hit streak through Wednesday, Aug. 7. Smoak, who slumped badly in the first half of the season, is also batting .314 with 15 RBIs since July 1.
Fantasy Tip: It looks like the perennial prospect is finally living up to his billing as a player to watch, and if he keeps this up it might be worth snapping Smoak up on the waiver wire.