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Mariners avoid arbitration with Justin Smoak

Feb 15, 2014, 6:00 PM EDT

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As Ben Nicholson-Smith of reports, the Mariners have avoided arbitration with first baseman Justin Smoak as the two sides agreed to a one-year deal worth $2.6375 with a vesting option for 2015 worth $3.65 million. The option vests if Smoak accrues 525 plate appearances in 2015. If the option doesn’t vest, the Mariners can buy him out for $150,000. Nicholson-Smith adds that Smoak can earn additional money with incentives.

Smoak was eligible for arbitration for the first time in his career and can become a free agent after the 2016 season. The 27-year-old bounced back from a tough 2012 season with a solid effort in 2013, hitting 20 home runs and posting a .746 OPS in 521 trips to the plate. He hasn’t lived up to the expectations set when he was Baseball America’s #13 prospect entering the 2010 season, but the Mariners remain hopeful he can continue to make progress.

  1. plmathfoto - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:44 PM

    Woulda been fascinating arbitration, would figured out what exactly they plan to do with him this year…maybe

  2. kyleshabram - Feb 15, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    The Mariners do know they can only use one DH in the lineup at a time, don’t they??
    Don’t they?!?!?

    • tuberippin - Feb 15, 2014 at 9:32 PM

      C/DH – Mike Zunino
      1B/DH – Justin Smoak
      2B/DH – Robinson Cano
      SS/DH – Brad Miller
      3B/DH – Kyle Seager
      LF/DH – Logan Morrison
      CF/DH – Dustin Ackley
      RF/DH – Michael Saunders
      Bench/DH – Nick Franklin
      Bench/DH – Xavier Avery

      FA/DH – Kendrys Morales

      Definitely not a DH: Willie Bloomquist.

      Then again, they once put a washed-up Jose Vidro at DH, so you never know.

  3. denny65 - Feb 16, 2014 at 1:47 AM

    Smokie provides solid D at first base; everyone seems to overlook that.

  4. beastmode5150 - Feb 16, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    He’s worth about 27k.

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