Justin Smoak 1B TOR 9 Days

Smoak will compete for at-bats at DH this season, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

The Blue Jays will deploy Edwin Encarnacion as the everyday first baseman, meaning Smoak will compete with Danny Valencia and Dioner Navarro for at-bats at DH. Despite this announcement, Smoak will probably also get the odd start at first, just because it is an option to help give Encarnacion occasional half days. However, simply put, if Smoak hits, he will play somewhere. That said, there is a mounting track record that suggests he won't hit much, so fantasy owners in most formats can take a wait and see approach with Smoak.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 16 Days

Smoak is expected to platoon at first base with Danny Valencia if Edwin Encarnacion is shifted into the regular DH role, the Blue Jays' official site reports.A fresh start for Smoak may help him get back on track after he seemingly took a step forward in 2013 with the Mariners (.283/.334/.412, 20 HR). Smoak is not guaranteed a role with his new club, but he's a former first-round pick with an opportunity to move into one of the more hitter-friendly parks in the American League after spending the last four seasons trying to navigate the expansive confines of Safeco Field. For his career, Smoak has posted an OPS against righties that is nearly 60 points higher (.709) than his mark against lefties (.650), which could make the Jays' decision to platoon with him Valencia a viable one.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 3 Months

Smoak signed a one-year deal with the Blue Jays on Wednesday, Sports Illustrated reports.

The Blue Jays declined to tender Smoak a contract Tuesday, but were able to reach an agreement with the switch-hitting first baseman/designated hitter just a day later. He likely won't be an everyday player with Toronto, but should see relatively consistent work at the DH spot, or when Edwin Encarnacion needs a day off. The 27-year-old hit just .202 with seven home runs in 2014 with the Mariners.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 3 Months

The Blue Jays declined to tender Smoak a contract, the New York Post's Joel Sherman reports.

It seems like ages ago that Smoak was actually the headliner in a trade that netted the Rangers Cliff Lee back in 2010. Since then he has failed to make any noticeable improvements at the plate, as pitchers have exploited his weaknesses (breaking balls) and he has failed to make the necessary adjustments. He can still crush mistakes, but there is very little upside remaining with this player, for fantasy or real life purposes.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 4 Months

The Blue Jays have declined Smoak's $3.65 million option for 2015, SportsNet's Ben Nicholson-Smith reports.

The Jays were able to buy Smoak out for $150,000. He will be arbitration eligible, and there probably won't be significant interest in him as more than a bench bat, given his career .224/.309/.380 slash line as s first baseman.

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The Blue Jays claimed Smoak off waivers from the Mariners on Tuesday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet.ca reports.

Smoak, the centerpiece of the return package from the Rangers for Cliff Lee in 2010, hit just .224/.309/.380 with 66 homers in parts of five seasons with the Mariners. He posted a career-worst .614 OPS in 80 games with the big club in 2014, but he could make a run at the regular first-base job in spring training, depending on what the Blue Jays do with Adam Lind this offseason.

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Smoak was recalled from Triple-A Tacoma and is in the lineup Monday against the A's.

Smoak's 2014 campaign has been split fairly evenly between Seattle and Tacoma, as injury and ineffectiveness (.208/.279/.352) have resulted in him playing in just 69 games with the major league club this season. He'll man first and bat sixth against right-hander Jason Hammel in his return, but Logan Morrison remains the favorite for playing time at first base and Kendrys Morales is locked in as the regular designated hitter.

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Mariners optioned 1B Justin Smoak to Triple-A Tacoma.

The move clears a spot for Tuesday's starter Erasmo Ramirez. Smoak went 4-for-20 (.200) with one double and one RBI during his most recent stint with the big club.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 8 Months

Mariners recalled 1B Justin Smoak from Triple-A Tacoma.

The M's sent Smoak to Triple-A earlier this month after he finished his rehab assignment, but they need him now with Michael Saunders (oblique) out. He should see the occasional start at first base and/or DH.

Justin Smoak 1B TOR 8 Months

Mariners activated 1B Justin Smoak from the 15-day disabled list; optioned him to Triple-A Tacoma.

Logan Morrison has heated up at the plate to grab ahold of the first base job, leaving Smoak without a starting spot. Smoak had a big first week of the season for the M's but batted just .191/.267/.319 over his last 56 games before going on the disabled list. He's hit only .225/.310/.383 across parts of five big league seasons.