Justin Smoak
1B TOR
2 weeks ago

Smoak went 0-for-2 with a walk and scored a run in Monday's exhibition game against the Red Sox.

EDGE Analysis

Entering camp, Blue Jays general manager Ross Atkins and manager John Gibbons did all they could to praise Smoak and encourage him to grab ahold of the reigns full-time at first base in 2017. Unfortunately, the 30-year-old Smoak has been unable to thrive off the encouragement this spring. He's managed just three singles in 23 at-bats (.130) while striking out nine times over nine Grapefruit League games. With Steve Pearce (elbow) nearing a return, and prospect Rowdy Tellez proving he's ready to produce at the big-league level, Smoak is in serious danger of losing management's support before Opening Day even rolls around.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
1 month ago

Smoak, who was previously presumed to be in line for a platoon role, is the Jays' preferred every-day first baseman, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

On Saturday, after the Jays' first full-squad workout, general manager Ross Atkins called Smoak playing every day at first, with Steve Pearce the primary left fielder, as the club's "best-case scenario," the first time he's explicitly expressed that. Pearce (elbow) is supposed to be ready to play the outfield by Opening Day, but if he's not, then the newly-acquired Pearce will cut into Smoak's playing time at first base. However, if Pearce can play left as expected, then Smoak's fantasy value will get a huge boost with the prospect of an everyday role.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
1 month ago

Smoak will start the season playing the heavy side of a platoon at first base with Steve Pearce, Gregor Chisholm of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will get to start against righties while Pearce takes on southpaws. Assuming Pearce fully recovers from offseason elbow surgery, Smoak will have his hands full holding onto the part-time job. Smoak formed an effective platoon with Chris Colabello in 2015, but last year he hit just .217 with a .314 on-base percentage, and that simply won't cut it, especially after the Jays handed Pearce a two-year, $12.5 million contract in December.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
5 months ago

Smoak was added to the ALCS roster on Saturday, MLB.com's Gregor Chisholm reports.

EDGE Analysis

MLB granted a replacement for the Jays after Devon Travis (knee) was ruled out for the remainder of the postseason. Smoak is unlikely to see many at-bats, and should primarily serve as a pinch hitting option.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
5 months ago

Smoak is not on the Blue Jays' ALCS roster, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak only appeared once in the ALDS, and given Devon Travis' (knee) injury status, the Blue Jays elected to have Ryan Goins on the ALCS roster as infield depth. Smoak could reappear on the roster if the Blue Jays make it to the World Series, although his value seems to be waning.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
6 months ago

Smoak entered Tuesday's 10-2 win over Seattle as a defensive replacement in the ninth inning.

EDGE Analysis

After an eight-run fourth inning, the Jays were in the driver's seat and cruising to victory. Even with the rout on, Smoak wasn't afforded an at-bat, illustrating just how useless he's become from a fantasy perspective. Smoak has stepped to the plate in just four of the team's 18 game this month, going 0-for-10 with two walks and three strikeouts.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
6 months ago

Smoak is adjusting to the realization that his playing time will be extremely limited through the rest of the season, the Toronto Sun reports.

EDGE Analysis

It's a tough go for the laid-back Smoak, who hit 18 home runs in 132 games last season. The first baseman obviously wants the chance to contribute to his team desperately, especially now that they're scuffling. But manager John Gibbons will DH Jose Bautista, Josh Donaldson, Troy Tulowitzki and Michael Saunders from time to time to give them a break from being on the field, and when that happens Encarnacion will play first, leaving Smoak as the odd man out.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
7 months ago

Smoak is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Orioles, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

Smoak will have the night off as Edwin Encarnacion starts at first for the Blue Jays. For the year, Smoak has a subpar line of .228/.315/.413.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
7 months ago

Smoak went 2-for-5 with a pair of RBI singles and three-run homer in Friday's 15-8 victory over the Twins.

EDGE Analysis

The slugging first baseman delivered early and often Friday, beginning with a 407-foot shot in the second that plated Troy Tulowitzki and Melvin Upton, Jr. He followed with run-scoring singles in the third and seventh, making it his highest RBI tally on the season by far. The performance was a bright spot in an otherwise dismal August for Smoak, who's slashed .195/.250/.366 over 41 August at-bats.

Justin Smoak
1B TOR
7 months ago

Despite signing a two-year, $8.5 million extension last month, Smoak's at-bats are expected to dry up as a result of the acquisition of Melvin Upton Jr. and the return of Jose Bautista (knee), the Toronto Star reports.

EDGE Analysis

Bautista will fill the DH role as the team tries to ease him back into action after a stint on the DL. That means Upton will play the outfield and Encarnacion will start at first, leaving no room for Smoak to play. Smoak is still part of a winning formula -- going in defensively late in games where the Jays have the lead, drawing a late pinch-hit assignment or the occasional start; however, that doesn't do much for his fantasy value. He's managed just 36 at-bats this month, and has started just one of the team's last eight games. In an unforeseen turn of events, the 29-year-old has practically lost all fantasy value just a year removed from a season in which he notched a career-high 59 RBI.