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  1. 2015 Free Agent Tracker

    Dec 11, 2014, 9:30 PM EST

    Hanley Ramirez

    Your one-stop shop for all of the offseason signings.

  2. Blue Jays sign Justin Smoak for $1 million

    Dec 3, 2014, 5:42 PM EST

    Justin Smoak

    When the Blue Jays claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners in late October they clearly had something unconventional in mind.

  3. 2014 Non-tender Tracker

    Dec 3, 2014, 12:22 AM EST

    Kris Medlen AP

    A list of all of the new free agents in advance of Tuesday’s midnight deadline.

  4. Blue Jays pick up option on Josh Thole; decline on Justin Smoak, Brandon Morrow, Dustin McGowan

    Nov 1, 2014, 3:13 PM EST

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    While the Blue Jays declined Justin Smoak’s option, he is still under team control for one more season and will now go through the arbitration process.

  5. Brewers acquire Adam Lind from Blue Jays for Marco Estrada

    Nov 1, 2014, 2:22 PM EST

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    Lind, 31, batted .321/.381/.479 with six home runs and 40 RBI over 96 games this season.

  6. Blue Jays pick up Adam Lind’s $7.5 million club option for 2015

    Nov 1, 2014, 1:10 PM EST

    Adam Lind Getty

    This week’s acquisition of Justin Smoak clouds Adam Lind’s future in Toronto, but the Blue Jays have exercised his cub option for 2015.

  7. HardballTalk’s Top 150 Free Agents for 2015

    Oct 31, 2014, 9:00 AM EST

    Division Series - Detroit Tigers v Baltimore Orioles - Game One

    Including writeups for the top 63, because we’re not always all about round numbers.

  8. Mariners call up Justin Smoak, place Michael Saunders on the disabled list

    Jul 11, 2014, 7:50 PM EST

    Justin Smoak

    Michael Saunders is out with a strained oblique, and Justin Smoak is back in the major leagues after a stint at Triple-A.

  9. Mariners demote Justin Smoak to Triple-A

    Jul 4, 2014, 4:06 PM EST

    Justin Smoak AP

    Justin Smoak is off the disabled list after missing nearly a month with a strained quadriceps, but instead of simply adding him to the active roster the Mariners demoted the first baseman to Triple-A.

  10. Mariners calling up Jesus Montero

    Jun 12, 2014, 12:51 PM EST

    Jesus Montero

    Jesus Montero has been a bust for the Mariners since they acquired him as a top prospect from the Yankees for Miguel Pineda, but he’s hit reasonably well at Triple-A this season and now he’s on his way back to the majors.

  11. Mariners place first baseman Justin Smoak on the disabled list and activate Logan Morrison

    Jun 11, 2014, 7:25 PM EST

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    Justin Smoak has been placed on the disabled list with a quad injury and Logan Morrison will start at first base in his first game back Wednesday versus the Yankees.

  12. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    May 7, 2014, 6:39 AM EST

    Henderson Alvarez

    Baseball has been played for 150 years, but a first in Major League history occurred last night.

  13. C.J. Wilson apparently did not want to intentionally walk Robinson Cano last night

    Apr 2, 2014, 11:32 AM EST

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    Pitching to Robinson Cano with men in scoring position vs. issuing an intentional walk. WHO YA GOT?!

  14. And That Happened: Tuesday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 2, 2014, 5:22 AM EST

    Bochy replay

    Major League Baseball wanted a challenge system for replay. Everyone except Major League Baseball said a challenge system would be flawed and would lead to problems. The Giants-Dbacks game last night showed us exactly what those problems are.

  15. And That Happened: Monday’s scores and highlights

    Apr 1, 2014, 5:50 AM EST

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    Does winning on Opening Day mean anything? I dunno, ask Oakland and Seattle.

  16. 2014 Preview: Seattle Mariners

    Mar 25, 2014, 12:30 PM EST

    Robinson Cano

    Between now and Opening Day, HardballTalk will take a look at each of baseball’s 30 teams, asking the key questions, the not-so-key questions, and generally breaking down their chances for the 2014 season. Next up: The Seattle Mariners. The Big Question: Robinson Cano and . . . then what? The Mariners certainly made the biggest…

  17. First base is Justin Smoak’s job to lose, according to Lloyd McClendon

    Feb 23, 2014, 8:45 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    With the off-season additions of Logan Morrison and Corey Hart, the Mariners were seemingly stockpiling first base types. But according to manager Lloyd McClendon, first base is Justin Smoak‘s to lose. Despite hitting .238, Smoak showed improvement last season, setting a career-high in home runs (20), slugging percentage (.412), and on-base percentage (.334). Via Bob…

  18. Pirates “continue to monitor” the Mets’ Ike Davis

    Feb 18, 2014, 6:23 PM EST

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    The Pirates got an underwhelming .768 OPS from the first base position in 2013 and lost Justin Morneau this winter to free agency. If the 2014 season started today, Gaby Sanchez and his .258/.337/.417 career batting line would be Pittsburgh’s primary option at baseball’s most premium offensive position. And that’s not ideal. According to Jayson…

  19. Mariners avoid arbitration with Justin Smoak

    Feb 15, 2014, 6:00 PM EST

    Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners

    As Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca 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…

  20. A couple of catchers who aren’t catching anymore

    Feb 12, 2014, 1:15 PM EST

    Carlos Santana AP

    Carlos Santana and Jesus Montero were catchers once upon a time. Not particularly great catchers (in Montero’s case a pretty lousy one). But they could hit. Well, both hit in the minors and Santana has hit everywhere. Montero is something of a dumpster fire at the moment. Either way, neither of them will be catching…

  21. Pirates and Kendrys Morales have “mutual interest”

    Feb 9, 2014, 3:00 PM EST

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    Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe passes this report along in his always-info-packed weekly Sunday notes column: Kendrys Morales, 1B/DH, free agent — Morales fits what the Pirates need, a first baseman/middle of the order hitter. There’s mutual interest, but while the Pirates would love him on the right contract, they may also pursue a…

  22. All signs point to Nelson Cruz landing with the Mariners

    Feb 8, 2014, 12:50 PM EST

    Nelson Cruz Getty

    Bob Nightengale of USA Today reported Thursday that the Mariners are “cautiously optimistic” about signing free agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. Two days later, all signs point to the scenario becoming a reality: Keep hearing from industry insiders that it's a matter of time before #Mariners reach deal with free-agent outfielder Nelson Cruz. — Bob Dutton…

  23. 40 players exchange figures with their clubs following today’s deadline

    Jan 17, 2014, 7:30 PM EST

    Detroit Tigers v Atlanta Braves

    There was a flurry of arbitration-related news today as players and teams scurried to reach agreements prior to the noon central deadline earlier. 39 players did not reach an agreement with their respective teams, and as such, they have exchanged salary figures with their clubs. Of note, Braves closer Craig Kimbrel filed for $9 million,…

  24. Recapping the Winter Meetings and looking ahead to the rest of the offseason

    Dec 13, 2013, 7:10 AM EST

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    A week in the sun and warmth is over. A week of the hottest hot stove action in recent memory preceded it. It’s pretty easy to say that a great bulk of the work teams needed to do before Opening Day 2014 has been accomplished since we tossed the last of our Thanksgiving leftovers. But…

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