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Lookout Landing Nov 22, 2014
Before the 2012 season, the Mariners thought it'd be neat to make a commercial featuring Justin Smoak, Miguel Olivo, Casper Wells, and Franklin Gutierrez. The other day, I found myself going through all of the old Mariners commercials. I've generally been impressed by the consistent quality that the M's advertising department has been able to produce, mixing good players with fun/silly lines and situations. However, during my most recent viewing, one commercial in particular caught my eye (and not in a good way!). Let's hop in our time machines and go back to the off-season between 2011 and...
Lookout Landing Nov 3, 2014
The Mariners nab the minor league version of Willie Bloomquist, only with mild power. Free agency doesn't really start until tomorrow, and while everyone else is slapping down qualifying offers on soon-to-be free agents, the Mariners are making a waiver claim of their own to replace a 40-man spot recently vacated by Justin Smoak. Carlos Rivero, a journeyman minor league utility player, comes over from Boston after his cup of coffee resulted in a .571/.625/1.286 line through just 8 PA with the Red Sox. He spent most of the year in AA and AAA, and hardly impressed with a .264/.324/.379...
Northwest Sports Beat Oct 30, 2014
NSWB Writer and Seattle Mariner's Insider Brian Scott takes a look at the first two off-season situations for the Mariners, Michael Saunders and Justin Smoak. Is trading 40 points or so in batting average along with half a dozen home runs for substantially weaker defense the right move for the Seattle Mariners?
Seattle Times Oct 29, 2014
To be a Mariners’ fan is to live in mortal fear of every discarded prospect blossoming into stardom in another uniform. It doesn’t happen quite as often as you think, but it sure seems that way because of a few spectacular examples. And now there’s another candidate to fret over in
National Post Oct 29, 2014
In short, Justin Smoak is no-risk insurance for the Jays
KFFL Oct 29, 2014
Toronto Blue Jays 1B Justin Smoak said he expects the team to decline his $3.65 ...
Seattle Times Oct 28, 2014
First baseman Justin Smoak, the key to the 2009 trade that sent Cliff Lee to Texas, was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Toronto Blue Jays. Smoak hit .202 with seven home runs in 80 games last season.
Mariners Blog | 710 ESPN Seattle Oct 28, 2014
Justin Smoak was given every opportunity to succeed in Seattle and now we shall see if a change of scenery yields better results. Plus news and notes, including some important dates.
U.S.S. Mariner Oct 28, 2014
Looking back, it’s pretty remarkable the Mariners were able to get Justin Smoak in the first place. Cliff Lee had just three months left on his contract, and, granted, he was amazing, but that’s not a lot of time. The Mariners turned him and Mark Lowe into three guys and Smoak, and Smoak at that This post came from: U.S.S. Mariner, and is copyright by the authors. This RSS feed is intended for the personal use of readers and not, for instance, spam blogs.Justin Smoak, Bad Good Baseball Player
The LoHud Yankees Blog | Journal News Oct 28, 2014
It’s been announced that the Blue Jays have claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Mariners. Two reasons that’s at least mildly significant — or perhaps just mildly interesting — for the Yankees. 1. It signals at least a slight shift in the American League East Smoak is a first baseman, and so […] The post That name is familiar: Blue Jays claim Justin Smoak appeared first on The LoHud Yankees Blog.
Seattle Post-Intelligencer Oct 28, 2014
The Justin Smoak experiment is finally over in Seattle. The Mariners will now say their goodbyes to the former top prospect, who was claimed off waivers Tuesday by the Toronto Blue Jays. Acquired by Seattle in 2010, Smoak was the supposed jewel in the Mariners’ blockbuster Cliff Lee trade with the Texas Rangers. Smoak was […]
Baltimore Sun Oct 28, 2014
The Toronto Blue Jays claimed first baseman Justin Smoak off waivers from the Seattle Mariners on Tuesday.
Lookout Landing Oct 28, 2014
At last, he's gone and the Mariners save some money. Justin Smoak's long, arduous tenure with the Mariners has finally come to a close, as he's now the property of the Toronto Blue Jays after being claimed on waivers. Smoak ends his Mariner career as one of the worst first basemen in baseball over the past 25 years, relative to the massive amount of rope he was given. The centerpiece of the Cliff Lee trade often teased and rarely delivered with any consistency, making him one of the most disappointing Mariners of the past decade. The writing was on the wall. Earlier this month, it came...
Mariners Blog | Seattle Times Oct 28, 2014
As expected, Justin Smoak won't be back with the Seattle Mariners next season. The team wasn't expected to tender the switch-hitting first baseman a contract for next season. But his departure came sooner. The Toronto Blue Jays have claimed Smoak off waivers. Since Smoak was out of options, and likely not to be tendered a contract next season, the Mariners placed him on waivers. The Blue Jays picked him up. Smoak's time with the Mariners was five years of unmet potential with brief flashes of hope that he might be the hitter that scouts, executives and coaches believed he could be. Smoak was...
Mariners Insider | Tacoma News-Tribune Oct 28, 2014
It’s closing in on decision time for the Mariners on two contract issues that seem to be no decision at all: Whether or not to exercise club options for next season on pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma and first baseman Justin Smoak. Decisions on all option clauses must be made within three days of the end of the World Series. Even general manager Jack Zduriencik, who sets the organization’s zip-lipped tone on contract matters, acknowledges that exercising the $7 million option on Iwakuma, who turns 34 in May, is a “no-brainer.” The Mariners are, in fact, interested in pursuing a … ...