Mon, 14 Apr 2014 17:57:20 -0700
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon shook up his lineup by dropping 1B Justin Smoak to seventh in the order. Smoak had batted cleaned up for the first 10 games, and dropped to fifth Sunday, April 13. "We got shutout (Sunday) and scored one run two days ago. Just trying to shake it up a little bit," McClendon said Monday, April 14.
Tue, 11 Mar 2014 08:09:55 -0700
Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon confirmed that Justin Smoak is the team's starting first baseman, despite the acquisitions of Corey Hart and Logan Morrison. Smoak said he was frustrated when hitting from the right side last year and this year is "just trying not to pull the ball."
Fantasy Tip: The CI-OF-DH logjam is typically part of Seattle's plan, but they'll probably find room for all three in the lineup more often than not.
Mon, 10 Mar 2014 13:00:05 -0700
Seattle Mariners 1B Justin Smoak is locked in as the starting first baseman, according to manager Lloyd McClendon. "We're just trying to get him to be a good hitter, not a power hitter," McClendon said. "For me, Smoak is a guy who should hit 40-45 doubles and 20-25 homers, not the other way around."
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.